CMS Prepares to Release Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings

On Thursday, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it intends to post the overall hospital star ratings for individual hospitals shortly. CMS also published data showing the national distribution of overall hospital star ratings based on hospital characteristics. For each hospital characteristic, such as teaching status or safety net status, CMS evaluated the distribution of hospitals across the five star categories (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 stars).

Of the 4,599 hospitals included in the data set 102 received 5 stars, 934 received 4 stars, 1,770 received 3 stars, 723 received 2 stars, 133 received 1 star and 937 hospitals did not meet the minimum measure/group reporting thresholds set forth in the Star Ratings Methodology Report on QualityNet and did not receive a star rating.

The data released on Thursday also provided a breakdown of star ratings by bed size, teaching status, safety net status, Disproportionate Share Hospital payment eligibility, and Critical Access Hospital status.

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