A New Transparency Measure and Upcoming Opt-in Deadlines | Second Opinion

Hospitals’ practices related to public reporting of data via clinical registries have been a factor in the Best Hospitals rankings since 2015. The current methodology has Public Transparency measures in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Obstetrics & Gynecology, as well as in Procedures & Conditions ratings such as Heart Bypass Surgery, Aortic Valve Surgery, Stroke and Maternity Care.

The next edition of Best Hospitals will feature a new Public Transparency measure, which will have a weight of 3% in the adult Pulmonology & Lung Surgery specialty rankings. The same measure will be included in the Procedures & Conditions statistical analysis, and it likely will be used in calculating the Lung Cancer Surgery ratings.

The new measure will be based on whether each eligible hospital’s performance data for Lobectomy has been publicly reported via the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD) Public Reporting website, which is maintained by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Participants in the registry will not receive credit unless their data have been publicly reported.

More than 100 GTSD-participating thoracic surgery programs already publicly report via that website. Other GTSD participants have until December 14, 2022 – the deadline communicated to U.S. News by STS officials – to opt into having their Lobectomy data published when STS next updates the GTSD website in early 2023. U.S. News intends to award credit for Public Transparency in Pulmonology & Lung Surgery to programs that opt in by the December 14 deadline.

Another Public Reporting Deadline

Another opt-in deadline is approaching. According to the American College of Cardiology, hospitals that aren’t currently publicly reporting via its National Cardiovascular Data Registry have until December 5, 2022, to opt in and receive credit for the Public Transparency measures associated with that registry.

Hospitals with questions about either opt-in deadline or public reporting program should contact their registry representative.

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