CHA News Article

Data from Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Intended to Increase Transparency for Consumers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that quality measures from inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs) now will be publicly reported on Hospital Compare, a consumer-oriented website that provides information on the quality of care hospitals are providing to their patients. This month, Hospital Compare began featuring patient care data from IPFs for the period of Oct. 1, 2012, through March 31, 2013.

The public reporting on Hospital Compare will allow consumers to directly compare facilities based on data collected for the following measures:

  • Hours of physical restraint use;
  • Hours of seclusion use;
  • Post-discharge continuing care plan created; and
  • Post-discharge continuing care plan transmitted to next level of care provider upon discharge.

Two other measures are also part of the IPF Quality Reporting program: 1) patients discharged on multiple antipsychotic medications, and 2) patients discharged on multiple antipsychotic medications with appropriate justification. However, technical issues have impacted data collection and submission of the measures, so they will be suppressed this year. CMS expects to publicly display data for both measures in April 2015.