The ERISA Industry Committee Joins The Leapfrog Group in Opposing CMS Proposal to Suppress Hospital Patient Safety Data

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today announced that it has co-signed two letters from The Leapfrog Group to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure strongly opposing CMS’ proposal to suppress calculation and publication of the CMS Patient Safety and Adverse Events Composite (CMS PSI 90) for FY 2023.

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care.  For over 20 years, The Leapfrog Group has collected, analyzed, and published data on safety and quality to push the health care industry forward.

ERIC joined more than 250 organizations representing employers, health care consumers, patients and patient safety advocates, and health care workers in signing two letters from The Leapfrog Group  – one voicing the coalition’s strong criticism of the agency’s plan to suppress CMS PSI 90, and the other outlining detailed comments and recommendations on how CMS should preserve health care consumer access to information that could save their lives. 

“Suppressing CMS PSI 90 would be a giant leap backward in patient safety and transparency, literally life-threatening, and an outrageous violation of the trust Americans place in the Medicare program,” wrote The Leapfrog Group.

“ERIC member companies invest billions each year to ensure their health benefit plans deliver the best choices and highest-quality health care for their employees and employees’ dependents,” said ERIC CEO Annette Guarisco Fildes.  “CMS’ planned suppression of information on hospital dangers and complications would put our members’ employees in the dark about their choices and the quality of their health care.”


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About The ERISA Industry Committee
ERIC is a national advocacy organization that exclusively represents large employers that provide health, retirement, paid leave, and other benefits to their nationwide workforces. With member companies that are leaders in every sector of the economy, ERIC advocates on the federal, state, and local levels for policies that promote flexibility and uniformity in the administration of their employee benefit plans.