HQA updates data for Hospital Compare

According to the American Hospital Association, The Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) has updated the Hospital Compare web site with the latest hospital inpatient and outpatient quality data, including the yearly update of 30-day readmission and mortality rates for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia inpatients. Also included in the web site is the readmission and mortality data for Department of Veterans Affairs' medical centers.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reports that the national mortality and readmission rates for heart attack were lower this year, while the rates for heart failure and pneumonia were higher. CMS also noted that most inpatient experience of care measures have improved since hospitals began reporting on them two years ago.

HQA is a national public-private collaboration of hospital groups, consumer representatives, physician and nursing organizations, employers and payers, oversight organizations, and government agencies dedicated to encouraging hospitals to voluntarily collect and make public quality of care information. CMS also added a Quality Care Finder tool to Medicare.gov, which links to Hospital Compare and other Medicare quality reporting web sites.