The CMS moved forward on its effort to develop a patient-satisfaction survey for hospitals, with a draft version posted online. At deadline, it was not clear when the public comment period would begin or end. An initial survey is expected to be available early next year and use of it will be voluntary, a CMS spokesman said. Read the draft survey.
The CMS also proposed outpatient quality measures that eventually could become the basis of a pay-for-performance system. Demonstration projects will begin early next year to test the measures, which assess quality in such clinical areas as coronary artery disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and behavioral health. The measures will be posted on the CMS Web site later this week. They were developed by the American Medical Association and the National Committee for Quality Assurance and now are being reviewed by the National Quality Forum. -- by Jeff Tieman