The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) and the nation's hospitals are working together to create and publicly report hospital quality information. This information measures how well hospitals care for their patients, whether the care was paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, or a private health insurance plan.
The national hospital quality measures on Hospital Compare show recommended treatments for some of the most common and costly conditions that hospitals treat. Research has shown that these treatments provide the best results for most patients with those conditions and are an important part of the patients' overall care. The guidelines for Hospital Compare are identical to Wisconsin's CheckPoint program with one exception, Checkpoint waits for 25 cases per measure before publicly reporting the data and Hospital Compare does not.