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Rating the Hospital Raters

The Healthcare Association of New York State’s Quality Institute has issued a report card on report cards on hospital quality. The publication is targeted to hospital leaders to help them understand the confusion that differing reports with conflicting ratings can create.

Building on research and the recommendations of the National Priorities Partnership convened by the National Quality Forum, HANYS recommends that health provider report cards adhere to these principles that were used for their evaluation:

  • Transparent methodology
  • Evidence-based measures
  • Measure alignment
  • Appropriate data source
  • Most current data
  • Risk-adjusted data
  • Data quality
  • Consistent data
  • Hospital preview

Ten raters were evaluated, and the best-rated rating sources were the Joint Commission Quality Check, Hospital Compare from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and New York State Department of Health’s Hospital-Acquired Infections Report and Hospital Profile Quality web sites.

Source: HANYS’ report on report cards: understanding publicly reported hospital quality measures. Healthcare Association of New York State, Nov. 2013. http://www.hanys.org/quality/data/report_cards/2013/docs/2013_hanys_report_card_book.pdf

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

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