Public Reporting Overview

The public reporting of healthcare quality data promotes transparency in the delivery of care by:

  • increasing the involvement of leadership in healthcare quality improvement
  • creating a sense of accountability
  • helping to focus organizational priorities
  • providing a means of delivering important healthcare information to consumers

Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program

Hospitals participating in the Hospital IQR Program agree to have data publicly reported on the Hospital Compare website. The Hospital Inpatient measures and data collection periods used for public display can be viewed on Medicare.gov.

Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program

Public reporting of quality data and program scores for hospitals participating in the Hospital VBP Program is mandatory. The measures, baseline and performance periods used, domain scores, total performance scores, and aggregate payment adjustment amounts for public display can be viewed on the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing pages of Medicare.gov.

Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

Public reporting of quality data and program scores for hospitals participating in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program is mandatory. The measures, performance periods used, excess readmission ratios, predicted readmission rates, expected readmission rates, and number of readmissions for public display can be viewed on the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program page of Medicare.gov.

Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program

Public reporting of quality data and program scores for hospitals participating in the HAC Reduction Program is mandatory. The HAC Reduction Program measures, performance periods used, domain scores, total HAC scores, and payment reduction status for public display can be viewed on the HAC Reduction Program page of Medicare.gov.

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