NYC To Disclose Hospital Quality Data Online

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The New York City Health and Hospital Corporation on Friday will begin to publicly disclose safety and performance data from the 11 hospitals in its system, the New York Times reports. HHC will post the data on its Web site, www.nyc.gov,where visitors will be able to view overall death rates along with therates of death after heart attacks, preventable bloodstream infectionsand pneumonia cases, among other data.

The move by the HHC topublicize the data stems from an effort by New York Mayor MichaelBloomberg to set public health care as a priority of his administrationand from HHC's efforts to improve patient safety, the Times reports. According to the Times,health care experts and consumer activists said the move to release thedata puts the city's hospital system, which serves 1.3 million patientsannually, "far ahead of the industry."

Alan Aviles, president ofHHC, said, "It does focus on the underbelly of health care. But if youwant to make improvements, you have to acknowledge the underbelly."

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Jim Conway, senior vice president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement,said hospitals in the HHC system are "exposing themselves toconsiderable scrutiny," adding that "others will draw courage" fromtheir example (Kershaw, New York Times, 9/7).

State Report Card Released

In related news, the New York State Health Accountability Foundation on Thursday released its annual statewide assessment of hospitals and insurance companies, the Albany Times Union reports.

TheNew York Regional Health Care Report Card offers hospital data onaverage lengths of stay and rates of different medical procedures,adoption of health care information technology, death rates andstaffing at critical care units, among other measures. Insurancecompanies are assessed on their customer service practices and coveredmedical procedures. The report has been offering data on insurancecompanies for the past eight years, while this is the second year thathospital data have been included (Wechsler, Albany Times Union, 9/7).

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