California Hospitals Want Out of Report Card Program

It looks as though the report card system for California hospitals may be nearing an end, as the California Hospital Association recently announced its intention to withdraw from the project due to overwhelming administrative burden, according to a Gant Daily report.

Jan Emerson-Shea, a spokesperson for CHA, said the report cards simply aren't as useful as they were when launched in 2004. "Today there are numerous places consumers can get information on the quality of care delivered by hospitals," Ms. Emerson-Shea said in the report.

CHA has sent a letter to the California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Taskforce — the division of the California Healthcare Foundation that oversees the statewide report card program — explaining its intention to withdraw from the project. Most major hospitals in the state voluntarily reported the data to these independent researchers, who analyzed and published the reader-friendly report cards.

CHA has said nearly all of the measures that were reported on the report cards will continue to be recorded for either Medicare or state regulators.

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