Each year the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gives stakeholders the opportunity to publicly comment on its proposed rules and regulations.
Here's a link to Leapfrog's letter in response to the request for public comments. Leapfrog takes this opportunity to share comments and feedback regarding the proposed rule in support of its mission to advance transparency and public reporting in health care.
CMS ruled to remove 39 important patient safety measures from their Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program in last year's rule. Leapfrog strongly opposed this and got over 300 signatures on our letter from stakeholders across the nation. In their final ruling, CMS stated their commitment to continue publicly reporting this data after the measures are removed from IQR. Leapfrog's comment this year focus on the importance of upholding transparency in public reporting so purchasers, payors and consumers get the information they deserve about American hospitals.
As an organization representing purchasers of health care, Leapfrog is working to ensure that patient safety remains a top priority and that value-based purchasing efforts are effective in transforming both the cost and quality of care for patients and families.