Aug. 13—Hospitals participating in the inpatient quality reporting program will have 30 days from Aug. 16 to preview several measures before they go live in October, according to the American Hospital Association.

The data available for review cover five readmission measures and one complication measure currently suppressed on the Hospital Compare website. The data measuring patient heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, hip and knee replacement, and hospitalwide readmissions, as well as hip and knee replacement complications, were suppressed in July due to an issue with how hospitals were categorized as better, worse and no different than the national average.

The delay left unaffected calculations of excess readmissions under the hospital readmission payment penalty program. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the FY14 readmission penalties as part of an Aug. 2 rule.

Hospitals can access their facility-specific preview reports at QualityNet.org.

Publication Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2013