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.