The CMS has expanded its Hospital Compare website to include new measures related to outpatient care. The site, which previously included information related only to inpatient care, lets visitors access data on hospitals in specific geographic areas and compare facilities.
New additions to the website include four measures related to use—or overuse—of medical imaging; two measures related to antibiotic administration in outpatient surgery patients; and four measures related to outpatient care during possible heart attacks. For instance, site users can now see the average number of minutes it takes their local hospital's outpatient facility to administer an electrocardiogram to patients who report chest pain.
"Adding outpatient quality measures to Hospital Compare will give consumers a more complete picture of the quality of care available at local hospitals," Barry Straube, the CMS' chief medical officer and director of the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, said in a release. "In particular, the heart attack and surgical care outpatient measures can be viewed alongside of the inpatient data we already report for these conditions, thus providing a comprehensive look at what facilities in your area are doing to provide high-quality, high-value care."