CMS to share updates on hospital star ratings later this summer

CMS plans to release the feedback it received on potentially changing its methodology for calculating overall hospital quality star ratings later this summer, according to AHA Today.

A technical expert panel created by CMS will offer recommendations based on the feedback. 

CMS' Hospital Compare data preview reports for July did not include updated star ratings, marking the third consecutive year the star ratings have been delayed. The release of star ratings was postponed last year to give the agency more time to review changes to some of the measures it uses to calculate the ratings.

"The AHA appreciates that CMS, as we have urged, is seeking further expert input on its star ratings methodology. We continue to believe that the agency must improve the accuracy and meaningfulness of star ratings before they are republished," said Ashley Thompson, senior vice president of public policy analysis and development at the American Hospital Association.

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