Medicare Hospital Compare Update To Star Ratings Cuts Number Of Five Star Hospitals By One-Third

From: OpenMinds

In a recent update to the Medicare Hospital Compare ratings,  the number of hospitals awarded the maximum five stars dropped by about one-third, from 336 in July 205 to 207.  The update added hospital scores on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) to the ratings for the second time; the first was in April 2015.

The 207 five-star hospitals represent about 6% of the 3,539 Medicare-certified acute-care hospitals in October 2015.  For this most recent update to the star ratings, CMS included 11 different patient-ranked HCAHPS categories for the reporting period of January 1 through December 31, 2014. Each measure also receives a star rating. The categories are grouped into composite measures (7) related to clinical care, hospital facility measures (2), and global measures (2). The composite measures are as follows:

  1. Communication with nurses
  2. Communication with doctors
  3. Responsiveness of hospital staff
  4. Pain management
  5. Communication about medicines
  6. Discharge information
  7. Care transition

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