Public reporting of data has little impact on mortality rates for some conditions

Public reporting of quality data on Hospital Compare had little impact on patient mortality rates for heart attack and pneumonia, according to a study in Health Affairs.

According to the study, since 2005, when mortality data for heart attack, pneumonia, and heart failure were first posted on the Hospital Compare website, there have been only small reductions in mortality for heart attack and pneumonia, that the authors of the study attribute to improvement to ongoing clinical care innovation rather than public reporting. Heart failure did see a modest reduction in mortality rates, but the authors were unable to determine if there was a link to the public reporting.

(Sources: The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, March 5, 2012; Health Affairs, http://content.healthaffairs.org/, March 2012)