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Quality Reporting’s Influence on Clinical Outcomes Examined
HealthLeaders Media

Hospital executives overwhelmingly say quality reports published on Medicare’s Hospital Compare website affect their organizations’ reputations and stimulate targeted improvement activities. But they remain skeptical that their actions to move their scores on some measures, specifically 30-day readmissions and 30-day mortality, have much effect on clinical outcomes.

The measures may also prompt some organizations to “game the system.”

Those are among the conclusions of a survey whose results were published in last week’s JAMA Internal Medicine by Peter Lindenauer, MD, and colleagues at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.