Q1.How hospitals compare to the national benchmarks
Hospitalsin New Jersey use Hospital Compare, a consumer-oriented website, tooffer information on how they provide health care to their patients.They compare themselves with other different hospitals, as well astheir services (Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services, n.d).
Q2.How and why may a consumer or a health care professional use thisdata to make a decision about their next hospitalization?
Theinformation provided by Hospital Care is important to consumersbecause it helps them to make informed decisions about their healthcare. For instance, the information helps them to select multiplehospitals, as well as directly compare their performance relating tovarious diseases such as heart attack, surgery, pneumonia, amongother conditions.
Q3.Will reporting this data have an impact on hospitals bottom line inaddition to financial penalties from CMS?
Yes.Reporting data have an impact on the hospital bottom line. Medicareimposes a financial incentive and a financial penalty on thehospitals with low and excess readmissions respectively. Likewise,the reported data has a significant impact on hospital bottom line.It is expensive and unaffordable procedure for most hospitals toimplement effective readmission reduction strategies, as well asemploy nurses to follow up their patients after discharge. Medicaredoes not provide any payment for services that prevent readmissionshence, the additional costs raise doubts on the cost effectivenessfor the hospitals to avoid penalties (Centres for Medicare andMedicaid Services, n.d).
Q4.Examples of how data may be used and what type of impact if may haveif at all on the hospitals
Thedata submitted in the Hospital Compare website can be used foranalysis. For instance, in 2013 CMS used the data to estimate thenumber of penalized hospitals. Additionally, this data offer anopportunity for policy makers to accelerate quality care based on sixdimension- patient centred, safety, timely, effective, efficient, andequitable.
Centresfor Medicare and Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Hospital Compare.Retrieved May 1, 2015, fromhttp://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HospitalQualityInits/HospitalCompare.html