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Study Finds One-third of 1747 Eligible Hospitals Participated in ACC Voluntary Public Reporting Program

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In a new study reporting on the early experience of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) voluntary public reporting program for catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention (CathPCI) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) registries, one-third of 1747 eligible hospitals participated in the program. Enrollment increased by 57% after the announcement that program participation would be considered as a component of national hospital rankings.

The study, published in JAMA Network Open, sought to identify the characteristics of hospitals that do and do not participate in voluntary public reporting programs. These findings suggest that further work is needed to investigate benefits associated with fair and accurate public reporting and to identify hospital barriers to publicly reporting outcomes.

The study analyzed enrollment trends and characteristics of hospitals that did and did not participate in the ACC voluntary public reporting program. All hospitals reporting procedure data to the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) CathPCI or ICD registries that were eligible for the public reporting program from July 2014 (ie, program launch date) to May 2017 were included. Enrollment trends were evaluated considering the date US News & World Report (USNWR) announced that it would credit participating hospitals. Data analysis was performed from March 2017 to January 2018.

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