The number of hospitals registered to participate in the National Voluntary Hospital Reporting Initiative jumped 25% since February, when the CMS last reported registration figures. The initiative was launched in December 2002 to provide hospital performance information to the public. Currently, 3,449 hospitals out of the nearly 4,000 hospitals paid under Medicare's prospective payment system are registered to report data, up from 2,727 in February. Of those, 1,952 hospitals have registered to report data on at least one of 10 measures in three clinical areas -- heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia -- and 647 will report data on at least one measure in each clinical area. Under the Medicare reform law, hospitals that begin reporting quality data by July 1 will receive a full-inflation update in 2005, while others will receive an update 0.4 percentage points below inflation. -- by Tony Fong
Hospital registration for quality initiative soars
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