The Hospital Quality Alliance on July 7 made available on the Hospital Compare website data on the quality of emergency care for heart attack/chest pain patients, outpatient surgical care and imaging services for Medicare patients. The website also includes updated data (from July 2006 to June 2009) on hospital readmission and mortality rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients.
"It's important that consumers and patients have access to reliable information on hospital quality that can help them make decisions about their care," said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. "That's why hospitals are committed to being transparent about the quality of care they provide by sharing information at Hospital Compare. Hospitals also use the information to focus their quality improvement efforts."