Seeing stars!

hospital stars

Today Pennlive, The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA) Website, posted a slideshow about Medicare’s “Star Rating”  Hospital Compare showing a glimpse of ratings for mid-state hospitals.

“The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), along with key stakeholders, developed (the star rating) methodology to calculate and display overall hospital-level quality using a star rating system.

“The overarching goal of the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating is to improve the usability and interpretability of information posted on Hospital Compare, a website designed for consumers to use along with their healthcare provider to make decisions on where to receive care. CMS developed this methodology with the input of a broad array of stakeholders to summarize results of many measures currently posted on Hospital Compare. The Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating provides consumers with a simple overall rating generated by combining multiple dimensions of quality into a single summary score.” –

Customers can access the Medicare Hospital Compare screen here.

“Choosing a hospital is a complex and personal decision that reflects individual needs and preferences. You should consider a variety of factors when choosing a hospital, such as physician guidance about your care plan and other sources of information about hospitals in your area.” –

Two more articles you may want to read:

  1. Hospital Star Ratings Miss the Mark in Helping Patients Make Informed Decisions
  2. Understanding The New Hospital Quality Star Rating – Everything you need to know about the newest hospital rating system.

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