The American College of Surgeons is cheering provisions to expand the use of surgical outcome measures in the CMS' proposed hospital value-based purchasing program.
ACS lauds CMS' nod to surgical outcomes
The college issued a news release calling the proposed rule "an important step toward improving the quality of care" and adding that that the "most encouraging" aspect was a commitment by the CMS to quickly expand the use of outcome measures over process measures—the latter of which "do not necessarily correlate with improved patient outcomes," according to the release.
"One of the best ways to measure quality is to collect robust clinical data on patients before, during and after the hospital visit and evaluate what we call risk-adjusted patient outcomes," ACS Executive Director Dr. David Hoyt said in the release. "We support the effort to focus on preventing complications and improving quality to reduce healthcare costs."
The program, which would reward hospitals for meeting certain performance standards, was mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, and it has raised some concerns about stiff penalties if patients acquire infections or bedsores while in a hospital. The CMS will accept comments on the proposed rule until March 8.
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