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CMS Not Reporting Certain Quality Measures in July Update to Hospital Compare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it will not report five readmission measures and one complication measure on Hospital Compare in July, as previously planned. CMS explained that there was a problem related to categorization of hospitals as “better,” “worse” and “no different than” the national average for the affected measures: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, hip and knee replacement, and hospital-wide readmissions, as well as hip and knee replacement complications. CMS noted it plans to recalculate the hospital categories for these six measures, deliver new hospital-specific reports and conduct a new 30-day preview period. CMS also said the problem does not affect the point estimates used to calculate payment penalties in the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program.