The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced updated
data on the
Hospital Compare website and on
data.medicare.gov to provide patients, families and all stakeholders with the information
needed to compare the performance of hospitals where they seek medical
care. Along with data on quality measures, CMS will also update the Overall
Hospital Star Rating.
St. Mary’s Medical Center, Blue Springs, MO, received an impressive
four-star rating. Only three hospitals in the Kansas City Metro received
a higher rating of five-stars. “This rating signals to the communities
we serve that we take patient safety and quality seriously and won’t
rest until we hit five-stars,” said Drew Grossman, Chief Executive Officer.
Hospital Compare (https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html) reports information on quality measures for over 4,000 hospitals nationwide,
including Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers and military hospitals.
The website provides information for patients and caregivers on how well
hospitals deliver care and encourages hospitals to improve the quality
of care provided. Users can compare performance across many common conditions.
For this update, CMS responds to stakeholder concerns by updating several
existing measures and the Overall Star Rating. The Overall Star Rating
has been revised refreshing assign ratings to hospitals, based on Technical
Expert Panel recommendations and public input. “We continue to refine
the Star Ratings and look forward to an ongoing dialogue with hospitals
and patients and their families on how we can provide beneficiaries useful
information,” Seema Verma, CMS Administrator, said.
CMS’s Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating on
Hospital Compare is updated twice per year, in July and December. CMS is committed to working
with stakeholders in a transparent manner to evaluate and update the Overall
As a proven healthcare consumer tool, the Overall Hospital Quality Star
Rating summarizes data from existing measures on
Hospital Compare for each hospital to allow users to easily compare hospital facilities.
In addition, with data.medicare.gov, users can explore and download hospital
data, as well as data on ambulatory surgical centers, inpatient psychiatric
facilities, and some cancer hospitals.
As part of the December update, CMS posted supporting documents related
to the Star Ratings on