The CMS has published an electronic file of raw data on its website containing facility-specific information on eight hospital-acquired conditions, including blood incompatibility, air embolisms and two types of healthcare-associated infections.
Late News: CMS publishes raw data on HACs on website
The agency declined to comment on the data, but a CMS spokesman said more clarification of the HAC data would be available soon. The file also is scheduled to be posted April 21 on Hospital Compare, the CMS' site for consumers. The data file is organized in spreadsheet form, with columns for hospitals' incidences of each of the eight HACs, hospitals' rate per 1,000 discharges for each condition and national HAC rates. The CMS had originally planned to post the HAC data in September, but it twice postponed the release of the file after hospitals expressed concern about its accuracy during the preview-and-comment period. The American Hospital Association has strongly opposed the release of the HAC data on the CMS website and on Hospital Compare. The AHA argued that calculations used to determine HAC rates have never been reviewed for accuracy and that the measures are not endorsed by the National Quality Forum.
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