CMS adds new quality metrics on care

The Medicare agency announced new programs Friday to help consumers compare hospitals based on quality.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched a new website that allows users to compare not just hospitals, but also doctors and nursing homes. The site compares facilities based on several criteria, including the satisfaction of previous patients.

CMS also added new metrics to its comparison tool for hospitals. Users can now compare hospitals based on how well they protect against surgical infections and how well they treat possible heart attacks.

“These efforts are designed to also encourage providers to deliver safe, patient-centered care that consumers can rely on and will motivate improvement across our health care system," CMS Administrator Don Berwick said in a statement.