When Data Makes You Look Bad – HealthLeaders Media
With the launch of an updated Hospital Compare site, and growing interest among the media, healthcare leaders need to face the fact that sometimes the data makes them look bad.
CMS now publicly posts hospital-specific results for 84 measures, with more expected in the next two years. Along with each measure, the public can download spreadsheets showing data for each hospital all in one file; one can see who’s better or worse even within a region, state, county, or ZIP code.
These rating systems alert employers, community leaders, and health plans, for example, whether your patients got the right antibiotic at the right time, how long the hospital made patients wait in the ED, and the rate of central line bloodstream infections, or numbers of foreign objects left inside body cavities during surgery. Even the hospital’s cost for an episode of care is held up for public view.
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