“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.” – QualityNet.org
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.” – Medicare.gov
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