According to AHA, hospitals participating in the hospital quality reporting program are conducting a national “dry run” of the new 30-day readmission measure for heart failure to be added to the Hospital Compare Web site next year. The data used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to calculate hospitals’ dry run readmission rates are based on eligible patients discharged from the hospital during calendar year 2006. The dry run results will not be publicly reported. Hospital-specific reports were distributed in late August via My QualityNet to help hospitals understand the methodology used to estimate their risk-standardized readmission rate and interpret the results.
Questions and comments on the dry-run process and reports can be submitted through the QualityNet Web site through Sept. 30. On Sept. 15, CMS will host a national teleconference on the dry run at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Call-in information and presentation materials will be posted on the QualityNet Web site. (SOURCE: AHA News Now , http://www.ahanews.com, September 5, 2008)