CHA supports a single, meaningful reporting system of quality data that allows transparency and enhances accuracy. Consumer groups, health plans and payers continue to push for more public disclosure of hospital quality. CHA remains supportive of transparency if the measures are scientifically based, valid and accurate.
CHA recommends that all public reports shall be subject to the following:
CHA supports a single, meaningful reporting system of quality
data that allows transparency and enhances accuracy. Consumer
groups, health plans and payers continue to push for more public
disclosure of hospital quality. CHA remains supportive of
transparency if the measures are scientifically based, valid and
CHA recommends that all public reports shall be subject to the
National and statewide performance measures currently
approved through an ongoing consensus process led by health care
purchasers, providers and consumers.
Validated risk-adjustment processes, when appropriate, via a
method that is publicly available, to account for expected
differences in measurement results due to factors outside of the
control of the measured entity.
Publicly reported information must be easily understandable
and useful to the consumer.
Patient confidentiality is protected in accordance with state
and federal law by the utilization of only aggregate data.
The release of data incorporates a timely and effective
report correction and comment process for providers prior to
Existing repositories or sources of data, appropriately
risk-adjusted, should be used whenever possible.
Data elements that are available and accessible without
imposing undue burden on providers are used. Measurement is
transparent to the administrative and clinical process.
Last week, Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) President & CEO Julie
Morath was honored by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation with
its Beau Biden Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes
California hospitals’ participation in an effort,
led by HQI, to provide consumers with easily accessible,
meaningful information about hospital quality.
According to an
annual report from the California Department of Public
Health, the overall vaccination rate among health care
personnel in California hospitals increased from 72 percent in
2012-13 to 84 percent in 2017-18, meaning that California is well
on its way to reaching the goal of 90 percent vaccination
coverage among hospital personnel by 2020.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the
2017 health care-associated infection (HAI) report this week.
On average, California hospitals perform better than the national
baseline on all four infections tracked — surgical site
infections (SSI), central line-associated bloodstream infections
(CLABSI), methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus bloodstream
infections (MRSA BSI) and Clostridium
difficile diarrheal infections (CDI). From 2016 to
2017, California hospitals made the most substantial progress in
HAI prevention since reporting began in 2009. In 2017, hospitals
reported 2,602 fewer HAI than in 2016.
Today, CHA submitted comments to the California Department of
Public Health (CDPH) regarding several areas of Title 22
regulations that CDPH plans to revise. CDPH issued seven All
Facilities Letters (AFLs) earlier this month, requesting
stakeholder input to inform its regulation development process.
CHA commented on the following: