Blog | Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Pneumonia death rates added to Hospital Compare site

Back in May, we wrote about CMS' new and improved Hospital Compare Web site , which compares hospitals using data on dozens of quality, outcome and patient satisfaction measures.

Now CMS has added a mortality measure for pneumonia as well as measures for hospital care of children. The latter is really different, as previous information only focused on data derived from adult hospitalizations.

The measure on 30-day mortality from pneumonia joins existing 30-day mortality measures for heart failure and heart attack. CMS started reporting those heart measures last summer, and says in a press release that it has seen those rates improve in the meantime. The heart attack mortality rate dropped to 16.1% in 2008 from 16.3% in 2007, for example.

The site now includes a total of 26 process-of-care measures, three outcome measures, two children's asthma care measures, and 10 patient experience measures.