Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses quality measures in its various quality initiatives such as pay for performance and public reporting. Appropriate documentation and careful attention to these measures becomes increasingly important for UHS as the public makes decisions about their care through national statistics; and as pay for performance impacts reimbursement.
Emergency Department measures recently changed from voluntary reporting to required by CMS. One of these is median time of ED arrival to ED departure for patients admitted to the facility, observation patients, and patients with a diagnosis of psychiatric/mental health. Another measure is median time from admit decision time to time of departure from the ED for the same categories of patients.