cmstag.300According to an article in USA TODAY, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has reversed its decision to halt publication of certain serious medical mistakes made in hospitals. CMS officials said that the data on eight hospital-acquired conditions, which it quietly made unavailable to the public last month, now will be made available to researchers, consumers and patient safety advocates via the CMS website, but not on the agency’s Hospital Compare site.

The eight HACs that CMS will resume reporting include:

  • Blood incompatibility,
  • Catheter-associated infections,
  • Falls and trauma,
  • Foreign objects left in body after surgery,
  • Pressure ulcers,
  • Uncontrolled blood sugar levels, and
  • Urinary tract infections.

Although this information will not figure into CMS’s Hospital Compare reports, other organizations. like Leapfrog, will be able to use the data in computing its safety ratings.

To read USA TODAY’s article, regarding the reporting of medical error data, click here.