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Research Letter
April 17, 2017

Initial Public Reporting of Quality at Veterans Affairs vs Non–Veterans Affairs Hospitals

Author Affiliations
  • 1Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center, Department of Surgery and Center for Healthcare Studies, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Intern Med. Published online April 17, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.0605

Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced the inclusion of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital performance data on its Hospital Compare website.1 Prior to this release, comparisons of quality at VA vs non-VA hospitals were inconclusive and had methodological limitations.2,3 Given longstanding concerns about care at VA hospitals,4 our objective was to compare available outcome, patient experience, and behavioral health measures between VA and non-VA hospitals.

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