Some hospitals halt voluntary reporting efforts

Facilities seek to eliminate duplicate reporting

Pressed by multiple data requests and commitments, some hospitals are dropping out of the Leapfrog Group's patient safety program, Consumer Reports reports.

Leapfrog publishes an annual survey that compares U.S. hospitals' performance on national safety, quality, and efficiency standards. Hospital participation is voluntary, and in 2009, roughly 1,200 hospitals completed the questionnaire. 

The reporting change has received "mild criticism" from patient advocates, including officials from the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, MedCity News reports. However, hospitals say they are committed to transparency but strapped given multiple data requirements and new federal reporting efforts.

"It's a simple resource issue," says William Conway, senior vice president and chief quality officer at Henry Ford Health System. "Since we now have an increasing volume of reporting to CMS, I can't afford duplicate reporting."

According to Eileen Sheil, executive director of corporate communications for Cleveland Clinic, the system stopped reporting to Leapfrog so it could focus on submitting information to government databases. "We are committed to safe, high-quality outcomes and transparency," Sheil said (ONN TV, 10/25; Glenn, MedCity News, 10/24; Consumer Reports, 10/24).


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