July 10—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will not report on five hospital readmission measures and one complication measure on the Hospital Compare website in July, according to a statement obtained by the American Hospital Association (AHA). CMS cites an issue with the categorization of hospitals as “better, worse, and no different than the national average” as the reason for the decision, according to the AHA

The affected measures are heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, hip and knee replacement, and hospitalwide readmissions; and hip and knee replacement complications, according to the AHA. 

The agency plans to recalculate the hospital categories for the six measures, deliver new hospital specific reports, and conduct a 30-day preview period, reporting on the revised timeline in the next few weeks, the AHA stated in a news brief. Not all hospitals will be affected by the recalculation, and categorization versus the national average may not change. 

Publication Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2013