Nine new AHRQ measures to be added to CMS HospitalCompare site ready for review

Hospitals participating in the hospital quality reporting program can access hospital-specific reports from the national “dry run” of nine Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety and Inpatient Quality indicators to be added to the Hospital Compare Web site in December. Hospitals will have until April 2 to review and download their reports at My QualityNet and submit questions and comments to Data in the test reports will not be publicly reported or used in any payment determinations.


Hospitals that submitted 2006 Medicare fee-for-service claims for conditions relevant to the nine measures will receive reports containing their data and comparative data for the nation, their state and region. Hospitals that did not submit 2006 claims for these conditions can review a mock report based on simulated data. For more on the dry run, visit the QualityNet website.


(Sources: AHA News Now,, March 2, 2009; QualityNet,, accessed March 4, 2009)