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News: Hospital Compare update includes three new inpatient measures

CDI Strategies, December 23, 2010

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The Hospital Compare website, updated on Dec. 11, contains three new inpatient measures. These include Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) Infection 9 (urinary catheter removed on postoperative day one or two) and two new structural measures: participation in a systematic clinical data registry for stroke care and participation in a systematic clinical data base registry for nursing sensitive care..

During the call, CMS representatives also discussed changes to how it calculates the state and national data it reports. Previously, CMS calculated an “unweighted average,” where every hospital counted equally regardless of case size, which gave inordinate weight to small hospitals. Now, CMS will calculate a true rate for both the nation and the state by summing the cases in the state or nation that pass a measure, and divide that sum by the number of case and the state or national denominator.
 
Read a recap of the Nov. 18 Open Door Forum call on the HCPro Revenue Cycle Institute website.



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