The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems launched a public Web site ranking member hospitals on how well they provide care for some of the most common and costly conditions. The site uses data from the CMS to score hospitals on several quality indicators related to four main conditions: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical-infection prevention. Forty-five of the association's 59 members are ranked; the remaining hospitals did not report data to the CMS or performed too few procedures to be statistically significant, an OAHHS spokeswoman said. The site, www.orhospitalquality, also provides information about specific quality and patient-safety initiatives launched by Oregon hospitals. The OAHHS joins a growing list of state agencies and provider associations publishing hospital quality data on a voluntary basis. -- by Laura B. Benko
Ore. hospitals put quality data on public Web site
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