Planning a major surgery at a hospital soon? Click on over to the new Medicare Hospital Compare website to get patient safety ratings for thousands of locations!
The launch of the site is the first step toward paying less to institutions with high rates of surgical complications, infections, mishaps and potentially avoidable deaths.
Instead of paying hospitals a set amount for each procedure, Medicare will use the Hospital Compare and other performance metrics to identify hospitals with the lowest quality of care. Those medical facilities will then be at risk to lose up to 2% of their regular Medicare reimbursements.
The initiative will not only save Medicare money, but it will help make patients more aware, as one advocate explains:
"This is pulling the curtain back on preventable health care harm to older Americans. These are really good things to know. We are really getting into the meat of what can happen to patients in hospitals.”
Others, however, fear this new site may do more harm than good. Nancy Foster, a vice president at the American Hospital Association, says:
“We believe the data is fairly seriously flawed in the way it’s calculated. When inaccurate data is out there, it both misleads the public and generates a lot of activity that is unproductive in the hospital.”
Will U be checking Hospital Compare before you choose a hospital for treatment in future?
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