Public Reporting Brings Results—NQF

Public reporting of hospital performance data shows dramatic improvement in the number of hospitals disclosing findings and significant gains in quality of care, according to a new report from a national public-private consensus-building entity. The National Quality Forum’s (NQF’s) Annual Report to Congress notes that in 2003, only 400 hospital were reporting performance on the CMS website-a number that grew to 4,000 institutions reporting data to Hospital Compare in 2012. NQF finds that in 2002 only one in five hospitals demonstrated superior performance on 22 publicly reported quality indicators. By 2009, NQF says, fully 86 percent of hospitals were able to demonstrate superior performance on those 22 measures. Publicly reported hospital measures address heart attack and heart failure, surgical care, children’s asthma care and pneumonia, among other areas. NQF notes that 2012 marks the first year that the Joint Commission is including performance on these measures as part of its hospital accreditation process. NQF’s Annual Report to Congress appears in the September 14 Federal Register and is available at www.qualityforum.org.