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CMS Proposed Rule to Suppress Public Reporting of Key Measures of Preventable Hospital-Caused Harm

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Large employer coalitions and consumer advocates are angrily pushing back against a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule to suppress public reporting of key measures of preventable hospital-caused harms, such as pressure ulcers or falls resulting in hip fractures, writes MedPage Today.

If the rule is finalized, CMS would not calculate scores under the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP). Hospitals would still report on some safety measures, but certain scores — in particular those for the 10-measure Patient Safety and Adverse Events Composite (PSI 90), a key component of the HACRP — would be hidden from public data files and would not appear on the CMS Hospital Compare website.

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