CMS updates star ratings: 4 things to know

CMS updated its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on its Hospital Compare website Jan. 28.

Four things to know:

1. CMS assigns star ratings to more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide based on their performance across seven quality areas: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging.

2. Here is a breakdown of the updated star ratings:

  • One star: 228 hospitals
  • Two stars: 710 hospitals
  • Three stars: 1,191 hospitals
  • Four stars: 1,136 hospitals
  • Five stars: 407 hospitals

3. Last August, CMS shared plans to update its star ratings methodology in 2020 based on public feedback. The agency will share its proposed changes this spring as part of its "Fiscal Year 2021 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System" proposed rule.

4. CMS last updated its Star Ratings in February 2019. 

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