Hospital Compare spotlights hospitals' sepsis performance

CMS on July 25 added hospitals' sepsis performance data to its Hospital Compare website.

Hospital Compare users can view a new sepsis care measure under the website's timely and effective care tab. Users can then compare their hospital's score to state and national averages.

Nationally, the average percentage of patients who received appropriate care for severe sepsis and septic shock is 49 percent, according to Hospital Compare.

The sepsis performance measure is based on data from the first quarter of 2017 through the third quarter of 2017. The preview period for this change spanned from May 4 to June 2.

"With each release, the most recent quarter is added, and older quarters removed, so a full rolling year's worth of performance data are included, similar to other chart abstracted measures," CMS said in a February 2018 educational webinar on the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program.

The first full year of sepsis data will be available by October.

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