HPCI News: A Big Win for Patients, Consumers and Purchasers

To: Members and selected others

In May, CMS announced to Leapfrog they planned to discontinue public reporting of eight of the Hospital Acquired Condition (HAC) measures, mostly never events such as objects left in after surgery. Leapfrog members and friends like all of you have been active this summer in addressing this issue and planning strategies to continue to pressure CMS to restore this public reporting. For instance, Leapfrog Board Member David Goldhill did an online blog for Time that I encourage you to read. Our senior director of hospital ratings, Missy Danforth, and her team have been highly determined to work this out and make sure no matter what the public has access to this information about their hospitals. USA Today’s able investigative reporter Jayne O’Donnell did a front page story about this.

Our commitment and determination has succeeded. CMS has reversed its earlier decision and confirmed they will now report the HACs. This isn’t perfection, since the results won’t be on Hospital Compare and, thus, easily accessible by the public. But they appear on a separate public database on the CMS website, which Leapfrog and others will use to make the information available to the public. No mistake about it, this is a major victory for purchasers and consumers—and the American public. It was announced this weekend, again in USA Today.

Paul M. Pietzsch, MPH
HPCI - IHBA Office
4430 Ashley Park Drive
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
(515) 778-6300

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