Medicare & Medicaid to Resume Data Publishing

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces that it will resume publishing data on hospital-acquired conditions.

Will this move really lead to increased transparency for consumers? Last week, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported that it will post data on hospital acquired conditions. CMS’ goal is to provide better transparency in the healthcare market. During his keynote address at the American Health Lawyers annual meeting in July, Dr. Makary, author of Unaccountable, suggested hospitals needing to make available important information for patients to make decisions about their treatment. The question is whether publishing data on Home Access Centers will help accomplish the transparency goal or only further confuse patients. According to USA today, “Hospital officials opposed the release of the additional hospital mistakes, arguing some incidents, such as foreign objects left in bodies, don’t happen enough to be reliable.” Information reported in March 2013 suggests that these incidents are far more prevalent than hospital’s want to admit.

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Kesha Boykin-McLean

As Chief Compliance Officer, Kesha Boykin-Mclean brings over 20 years of experience in healthcare. Prior to joining VCS, Boykin-Mclean held a number of senior-level compliance roles, including managing and developing the compliance program for St. Francis Hospital in Connecticut. She was also the Division Ethics and Compliance Officer for the Hospital Corporation of America’s Gulf Coast Division where she was responsible for oversight of compliance programs for all hospitals within the division. Most recently, she served as an independent healthcare consultant, assisting hospitals with the planning and implementation of compliance programs.

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