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CMS Releases February 2019 Hospital Compare Preview Reports

In an effort to modernize the Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR) system, and in direct response to feedback from the user community, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made changes to the preview reports to enhance the user experience and enable users to make better and more meaningful use of reported data. The login process has been streamlined, star ratings have been prioritized, and an entirely new way of viewing and searching preview data has been developed. Data can be refined and filtered for specific needs and compared “at-a-glance” with footnote and supplemental information. The preview data will be reported on the CMS Hospital Compare website, where Medicare beneficiaries and the public can review quality of care indicators for participating hospitals and facilities.

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Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Overview

The Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting (IPFQR) program is a pay-for-reporting program intended to equip consumers with quality of care information to make more informed decisions about healthcare options. It is also intended to encourage hospitals and clinicians to improve the quality of inpatient care provided to beneficiaries by, first, ensuring that providers are aware of and reporting on best practices for their respective facilities and type of care.

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