Study: Hospital Compare Site Might Not Provide Best Data
Hospital quality data compiled by CMS might not help patients make better decisions about where to receive surgery, according to a recent study published in the Archives of Surgery. Study authors analyzed data from CMS' Hospital Compare website and found that patients had fewer complications when they received high-risk surgery at facilities with low rates of compliance with safety measures.
- "Medicare Faulted on Surgery Evaluation" (Burton, Wall Street Journal, 10/18).
- "Don't Put Too Much Stock in the Government's Hospital Compare Website, Researchers Say" (Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, 10/18).