The WhyNotTheBest.org site has been updated with new types of hospital performance data, including: a new measure assessing the extent to which hospitals have adopted electronic medical records; new composite readmission and mortality rates; and median Medicare reimbursement payments for six conditions, including joint replacement and treatment of complications of diabetes. In addition, there are two new benchmarks: the average performance of U.S. hospitals that are part of health systems, and the average performance of all non–health system hospitals.
Several improvements have been introduced that make it easier to create custom reports comparing and benchmarking hospitals on more than 100 measures of health care quality and safety, patient experiences, and outcomes. New tools let registered users share their saved reports via e-mail, Twitter, or a direct link.
The following measure sets from CMS Hospital Compare have been updated: process-of-care “core” measures, hospital patient experience measures, and median reimbursement for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia.
Coming soon: enhancements to the WhyNotTheBest.org interactive map will enable explorations of health system performance on the national, state, county, and regional levels. Using new map overlays, users will be able to zoom in on communities involved in key delivery system reform efforts, such as Beacon Communities, as well as flag providers who have been recognized for delivering high-quality care.