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New Public Database Launched for CMS Hospital Complaint Inspection Reports

The Association of Health Care Journalists has launched a new web site, hospitalinspections.org, that makes federal hospital complaint inspection reports available to the public. The database includes complaint inspection reports released since January 2011 for acute-care and critical access hospitals only. Psychiatric and long-term hospitals are not covered.

The Association warns that the database remains incomplete and that some reports are missing details. Hospital responses to the reports are not included but can be requested from the hospital or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. AHCJ will continue to work with CMS to improve report details made accessible.

The web site also links to 12 states that currently make their hospital complaint inspection reports fully or partially available online:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

Sources:

Association of Health Care Journalists: http://healthjournalism.org/

Hospital Inspections Database: www.hospitalinspections.org

Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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