A just-released study raises questions about Medicare’s seven-year public reporting initiative for hospitals, Hospital Compare. The study indicates that Hospital Compare had no impact on reducing death rates for two key health conditions and just a modest effect on a third.
Authors found that hospitals might have improved on thirty-day mortality rates during the study, but attribute the change to ongoing innovations in clinical care, and not to any effect related to public reporting. At the same time, the researchers found a modest improvement in mortality rates for heart failure; though, they can’t prove that this was related to the public reporting initiative.
See the full article here: Medicare Hospital Quality Reporting.