CMS Releases New Outpatient Measures for the Hospital Compare Website

Chicago — (July 9, 2010) 

On July 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new outpatient surgical measure applicable to anesthesiologists to be added to its Hospital Compare website. The measure is called “Antibiotic Timing” and is described by CMS as “Percentage of outpatients having surgery who were given the right kind of antibiotic at the right time (within one hour before surgery) to help prevent infection of surgical wounds.” This measure is already in place for inpatient data and will be used in conjunction to obtain a more comprehensive view of the quality of care being provided in hospitals.

Please visit the links below to access press releases by HHS and CMS regarding these new measures.

HHS Press Release

CMS Press Release


Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves.

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