Participation in the federal government's voluntary quality reporting initiative for hospitals has picked up, and so far slightly less than half of the 3,008 hospitals that have pledged to participate have submitted data, the CMS said. The 1,400 or so hospitals that have provided data for at least one of 10 quality measures being tracked represent more than three times the number that had submitted data as of October 2003. Gerald Shea, an official with the AFL-CIO, one of several organizations backing the initiative, said, "As one of the skeptical organizations in the beginning, we just have to say this has been a terrific performance by the hospitals and hospital associations." The quality measures relate to three clinical areas -- heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia -- and are the first to be included in the year-old initiative. Nearly 500 hospitals have shared data in all three clinical categories, the CMS said. The Association of American Medical Colleges said 77% of its membership has pledged to participate, and the Federation of American Hospitals said two-thirds of eligible for-profit hospitals also have promised to take part in the initiative. -- by Jeff Tieman
CMS' quality reporting initiative gains ground
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