The American Heart Association (AHA) have launched a public reporting website reporting data from the Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) quality improvement programs, with nearly 600 hospitals electing to share measure performance data collected by the AHA.
The GWTG programs collect data on patients admitted to the more than 2,400 nationwide participating hospitals with atrial fibrillation, heart failure, a stroke, heart attack, or who experience a cardiac arrest while in the hospital. Feedback on key quality measures that are critical in the patient care is collected and reported. To date, more than 9 million total patient records have been entered into the GWTG program.
The hospitals listed on the new public reporting website are voluntarily participating in this public reporting program and have chosen to provide patients with additional information on the quality of care provided.
U.S. News writes they are looking to this as an opportunity to incorporate clinical registry-derived information into their hospital-ranking methodologies. U.S. News expects to include a transparency indicator in its Neurology & Neurosurgery specialty rankings as early as the 2020-21 Best Hospitals rankings cycle. It is anticipated hospitals that opt into public reporting in GWTG-Stroke will receive transparency credit in Neurology & Neurosurgery. This measure in the rankings will be binary and will be determined solely by the hospital’s public reporting status in GWTG-Stroke, not by its performance on GWTG-Stroke measures.
- AHA: https://newsroom.heart.org/news/voluntary-public-reporting-of-hospital-measure-performance-data-now-available
- AHA GWTG Public Reporting: https://qualitynearme.heart.org/GWTGPublicReporting
- U.S. News: https://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/second-opinion/articles/2019-10-30/public-reporting-expands-to-stroke-care