Hospital Compare is updated with Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Hospital Data
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce the inclusion of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Hospital Data. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Hospital Data can be found via a link on Hospital Compare: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HospitalQualityInits/HospitalCompare.html. Additional VHA hospital data will be added in December with plans for future seamless integration of VHA hospital data onto the Hospital Compare website to allow comparison of performance between VHA 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 VHA tables include data for quarterly timely and effective care measures, VHA 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 VHA’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, Department of Veterans Affairs. “CMS has the nation’s most trusted reporting system for hospital performance. VA’s participation in this is a good value for Veterans and for the nation.”