Is CMS’s Hospital Quality Star Rating System Non-Compliant?

From: RevCycle Intelligence


The Hospital Quality Star Rating System from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) is facing scrutiny. Some industry-wide trepidation exists about whether or not CMS’s Hospital Quality Star Ratings System will result in actionable, knowledgeable decision making, as reported earlier this week.

A star rating system that forces hospitals to essentially keep patients happy by focusing more heavily on the patient experience may mean budgets detrimentally shift accordingly and quality care falls to the wayside. It is possible a hospital concerned with low star ratings may invest a heftier portion of its budget on thicker doors or softer sheets than on needed clinical advancements, as reported. Also of concern is whether or not the general public will actively consider the ratings system, as stated.

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