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Updated Long-Term Care Hospital, Inpatient Rehab Facility, and Hospice Data Available for Consumers

December 26, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated the long-term care hospital (LTCH), inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF), and hospice quality data available to consumers at its LTCH Compare, IRF Compare, and Hospice Compare websites.

The following new measures were added for the LTCH and IRF websites:

  • Percent of residents or patients assessed and given the seasonal influenza vaccination
  • Influenza vaccination among health care personnel
  • National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) facility-wide inpatient hospital-onset Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) outcome measure
  • NHSN facility-wide inpatient hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) outcome measure

No new measures have been added to Hospice Compare, but it has been refreshed based on patient stays discharged for Q1 2016–Q4 2016.

LTCH Compare, IRF Compare, and Hospice Compare were launched last year and can help individuals make more informed decisions about where they receive their care as well as encourages LTCHs, IRFs, and hospices to improve the quality of care they provide to patients.

HAP supports continuing efforts to increase transparency about the quality of health care services and has developed Care in Pennsylvania to provide consumers with user-friendly health care quality and cost information. The consumer-focused website helps individuals learn more about health care in their communities, using data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare website and the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.

Pennsylvania’s hospital community supports continuing efforts to increase transparency about the quality and price of health care services. HAP’s Care in Pennsylvania is a health care consumer-friendly website that provides access to key information including evidence-based health care reports, location information of providers, and relevant quality and consumer experience data.

In addition, Healthy Me PA, a multi-channel social media effort supported by HAP, informs a growing digital community about navigating the health care system and innovative hospital efforts to improve access to care

For more information about Care in Pennsylvania, contact Phillip Burrell, HAP’s director, research and data analytics. For more information about Healthy Me PA, contact Julie Kissinger, HAP’s vice president, communications and public affairs.

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