CMS in June will post the first broad comparison of hospital mortality rates for heart attack and heart failure in Medicare beneficiaries on the Hospital Compare Web site, USA Today reports. Hospital mortality rates currently "are among the best-kept secrets in American medicine" and remain "closely guarded," according to USA Today.
The Web site will include information on whether the 30-day mortality rates for the conditions at more than 4,000 hospitals nationwide are higher than, lower than or equal to the national average.
Steven Nissen, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, said, "I feel strongly that the public has a right to see how hospitals and physicians perform," adding, "It's got to be done carefully. If not, it can backfire, and the whole system can fall down."
Source: Hospital Mortality Rates To Go Online Beginning in June - California Healthline (nay require subscription)