The CMS updated its Hospital Compare website Thursday, adding new performance measures and refreshing data for existing ones.
For instance, the agency added a set of measures gauging timely and effective care for stroke patients, including whether hospitals administered clot-busting drugs appropriately and whether they provided stroke patients with written educational materials during their hospital stay.
The CMS also added six measures related to the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism, including whether preoperative patients received treatments to prevent blood clots and whether patients with blood clots received recommended blood thinners.
The updated site also now includes a measure of hospitals' rate of early elective deliveries, defined as non-medically indicated deliveries occurring before 39 weeks gestation. Such deliveries are associated with worse health outcomes for infants and mothers, and have become an improvement target for many state hospital associations and not-for-profits, including the employer-backed Leapfrog Group.