CAH Participation in Hospital Compare and Initial Results
Examines the participation of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in public reporting of quality measures in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare database. It presents the initial Hospital Compare results for CAHs and comparisons with other groups of hospitals on quality measures for three conditions: acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure and pneumonia. Although CAHs do not face the same financial incentives as Prospective Payment System hospitals to participate, the Hospital Compare initiative provides an important opportunity for CAHs to assess and improve their performance on national standards of care. Report produced by the Flex Monitoring Project, funded by the Office of Rural Health Policy.