The CMS has included readmission data in the Hospital Compare Web site to gauge hospital performance. "When we reduce readmissions, we improve the quality of care patients receive and cut healthcare costs," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. The agency also has changed its method to calculate mortality data, including claims data from July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2008, to give a better idea of how hospitals are performing.

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