In the footsteps of Ohio Hospital Association, the California Hospital Association seems poised to take a great leap backward in the realm of transparency. Payers and Providers reports:
The California Hospital Association has withdrawn its support for the CHART healthcare quality program, a dramatic move that raises questions about the future of the landmark initiative.
The California Hospitals and Assessment Reporting Task Force was launched in 2004,and is one of the first coordinated efforts to report on the quality of care in a state’s hospitals. More than 240 facilities representing nearly 90% of the inpatient beds statewide report on various facets of the quality of care they deliver, including infection rates, treating heart attack victims and maternity care. The data and analysis is posted for consumers on the Calhospitalcompare.org website.
As in the case of Ohio, the decision seems to be based on thoughts that the CMS Hospital Compare website and other such national sites create duplication and undue burdens on hospitals. What a shame. The California site is well constructed and among the easiest to use that I have seen. That is especially the case if you are a Californian and want to view local hospitals quickly and easily. También hay una versión en español que funciona con un simple clic. Why would you want to discontinue the one that is done well in favor of the one that is cumbersome and out of date?