WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 27, 2016)—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce the inclusion of Veterans Administration (VA) hospital performance data. The VA hospital performance data can be found via a link on Hospital Compare, here. Additional VA hospital data will be added in December with plans for future seamless integration of VA data onto the Hospital Compare website to allow comparison of performance between VA and civilian acute care hospitals.
“We are excited to be working with VA to expand on this work so that Americans will have the information they need on more facilities in order to make an informed decision on their health care,” said Patrick Conway, M.D., CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer. “We are strongly committed to transparency and providing Americans seeking health care information they need to help make decisions on the care they seek.”
The VA tables include data for quarterly timely and effective care measures, VA satisfaction survey results, outcomes measures including mortality and readmission rates for selected conditions, behavioral health measures, and measures of patient safety.
The goal of this project is to present the VA’s quality and safety data to veterans, their families and the public in a useful and understandable format.
“We are so pleased to be reporting our facility quality and safety data for sharing via Medicare’s website,” said Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Organizational Excellence, Veterans Health Administration. “CMS has the world’s most trusted reporting system for hospital performance. VA’s participation in this is a good value for veterans and for the nation.”
Visit cms.gov for more information.