Psychiatric hospital data now public

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Quality measures from 1,753 inpatient psychiatric facilities are being reported publicly for the first time, CMS announced. The information, posted on the consumer-focused website Hospital Compare, shows the number of hours physical restraints and seclusion were used as part of treatment and the incidence of post-discharge continuing care plans, among other data from October 2012 through March 2013. “Patients and their families need facts to help them in making informed decisions about health care, and choosing the right facility for inpatient psychiatric care is an important decision to make,” CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said in a statement.

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