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CMS Delays Updates to its Hospital Quality Star Ratings

June 14, 2018

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the postponement of the planned release of its updated overall hospital quality star ratings on Hospital Compare slated for July. The delay, said to be due to concerns from stakeholders, will allow CMS to perform analyses on proposed changes to methodology posted during May.

CMS also will utilize a multi-disciplinary technical expert pane, a provider leadership workgroup, and a public comment period to provide input into its analyses.

The stars ratings, which Medicare uses to measure how well Medicare Advantage and Part D plans perform on several categories, are typically released in July and December. The measures system assigns a score of one to five stars, with five stars being the highest, for performance on areas like customer service and quality of care.

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is one of 16 national Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN) funded by CMS to work with hospitals to improve patient safety and care by reducing harm events and readmissions.

For additional information about how HAP can help improve the quality of care at your organization, contact Robert Shipp, HAP’s vice president, population health strategies; or Lisa Lesko, HAP’s director, quality initiatives.

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