June 15, 2018

Understanding Hospital Star Ratings

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed the July release of hospital star ratings on Hospital Compare to work through some data issues and concerns on methodology changes with their technical expert and provider panels. CMS had posted proposed changes to the methodology in late May for hospitals to preview before the July release. The ratings from Dec. 2017 will remain on the site.

CMS has been creating hospital overall ratings, commonly referred to as "star ratings" since 2016. The purpose of the ratings is to provide a simple, consumer-friendly way for patients and their families to compare quality across hospitals. The overall rating is a composite of hospital-reported and CMS-calculated measures.

As a result of the FHA Quality and Patient Safety Committee discussion to improve understanding of the ratings, member hospitals are invited to attend a free webinar on Friday, Jul. 13, Understanding Hospital Star Ratings. FHA has engaged an expert on the CMS star ratings, Kimberly Rask, MD, PhD, FACP, chief data officer with Alliant Health, to provide an overview of which measures are included, recent updates in the scoring methodology and best strategies for improving overall ratings. Register online for webinar access instructions.

For additional information, contact Kim Streit, vice president of health research and information, at (407) 841-6230.