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State of Performance Reporting for Private Hospitals in UK

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The Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) has published a summary of data reporting by private healthcare providers to support the publication of performance measures required under the Competition & Markets Authority’s Private Healthcare Market Investigation Order 2014.

All providers of private healthcare in the UK, including independent hospitals and NHS Private Patient Units, are required by the competition regulator to provide comprehensive data on activity, safety and care outcomes to PHIN as the approved publisher. PHIN has committed to support transparency by publishing progress on data reporting from private hospitals.

The report published by PHIN shows:

  • PHIN now publishes the number of procedures undertaken and other basic measures for 382 hospitals providing private healthcare across the UK, including many NHS hospitals, collectively providing an estimated 96% of private healthcare activity.
  • 89 hospitals, collectively accounting for a third of private healthcare activity in the UK, have now submitted sufficiently complete and detailed data to support the publication of the first adverse events (patient safety) measures. In addition, 68 hospitals have submitted sufficient data to support the publication of the first measures of health improvement (Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs)).
  • However, a total of 483 hospitals have not yet submitted sufficiently complete and valid data for PHIN to publish a robust view of their adverse events for patients, of which 228 hospitals have made little or no progress in submitting data to support adverse events information for patients.

The report provides a view of progress, broken down by each provider and individual site, and outlines the areas where data is either incomplete or not of sufficient detail to support publication of the required measures.

PHIN intends to begin publishing the first adverse events measures (“Never Events” and reportable infections), and patient reported outcome measures for hip and knee operations, this autumn.

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