COPSS-CMS white paper released

The white paper “Statistical Issues in Assessing Hospital Performance” has been released. The paper was commissioned by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies at the request of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The COPSS–CMS White Paper Committee included: Arlene S. Ash, Stephen E. Fienberg, Thomas A. Louis, Sharon-Lise T. Normand, Thérèse A. Stukel, and Jessica Utts.

The goal of the committee was to “provide hospital-specific performance metrics for an array of procedures that incorpo­rate the best possible information for each hospital as to how well it performs with its patients in comparison to the outcomes that would be expected if the same patients were to receive care that matched the national norm.”

The full paper can be viewed here: