We Need Your Help - Don't Let CMS Suppress the Data on 25,000 Deaths a Year in Hospitals

May 26, 2022

 

Spread the Word:

CMS proposes to suppress data on some of the most dangerous medical and surgical complications happening in hospitals that kill 25K people a year and harm 94K. Join @LeapfrogGroup and tell @CMSGov their proposal to keep people in the dark is unacceptable. https://bit.ly/3LKrjt1

CMS, the federal agency that runs Medicare, proposes to suppress data on some of the most dangerous medical and surgical complications that happen in hospitals. These dangerous complications, such as sepsis, kidney harm, deep bedsores, and lung collapse, are largely preventable yet kill 25,000 people a year and harm 94,000. The rates of harm for these medical and surgical complications are reported by hospital as part of a measure called CMS Patient Safety and Adverse Events Composite or CMS PSI 90. 

Data on these complications is not available to the public from any other source. If CMS suppresses this data, all of us will be in the dark on which hospitals put us most at risk, yet we all shoulder the burden of these dangerous preventable complications. Patient safety advocates, clinicians, employers and purchasers, and other stakeholders used their collective voice to urge CMS to reverse this devastating proposal and submitted comments to CMS by the June 17 deadline. We received over 270 signatures to our letters! Leapfrog will update this page once the final ruling is released. 

Sample letter from Passion 4 Patients

To write your own letter, see the templates below. 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us in taking immediate action and spread the word:

Make the biggest impact: write your own letter

Use our template materials to customize to write your own letter and submit to CMS. 

  1. Review the talking points and charts to help inform your letter
    • If you have had a  personal experience with any of these events, your story can make a difference. These charts provide statistics that capture what's at stake if we lose this information, including estimated lives lost, costs, and disparity data. For example, if you or a loved on experienced sepsis after surgery, you can share that a patient is four times more likely to experience this complication if you go to worst performing hospital than a best performing hospital. 
  2. Use a template letter to help get you started:
  3. Submit your letter to CMS here.
  4. Send us your letter, and we'll share it on this page. 

Support our campaign: See Leapfrog's final letters

View the letters:

  • Specifically regarding PSI 90 here 
  • Outlining all of Leapfrog comments to the proposed rule here

 

Please fill out the form below to join Leapfrog in strongly urging CMS to not suppress data on some of the most dangerous medical and surgical complications that happen in hospitals. The deadline for signing is June 16, 2022. 

Get educated: Watch a past webinar briefing

Watch the recording of the May 31 webinar here.

Talking points & statistics

Submitted letters

Media

 

 

Media Coverage

USA Today: Groups object to Medicare push to suppress reporting of harm done to patients at hospitals

Fortune: Hospitals have become less safe during the pandemic. So why does the government want to suppress hospital safety data?

Philadelphia Inquirer: The feds want to hide hospital safety scores during COVID, making it harder to evaluate yours

Healthcare Dive: Leapfrog raises concerns about CMS proposal to suppress patient safety data

MedPage Today: CMS Proposal to Suppress Hospital Safety Data Angers Advocates

Forbes: Hospital Errors Worsened During The Pandemic, Say Federal Officials. Now They Want To Suppress The Data.

Becker's Hospital Review: Leapfrog to CMS: Don't suppress hospital safety data

Healthcare Finance: Leapfrog urges CMS not to suppress hospital safety data

Axios: CMS seeks to suppress hospital safety data

The Hill: Hospital complications kill thousands per year – CMS shouldn’t hide that data

 

We need your support to make sure this important work can continue. Donate 

Leapfrog PSI 90 Letter and IPPS Comments Sign-on

 
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