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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced its updated Hospital Compare star rating system. The agency had postponed the release of the ratings for more than five months to address the concerns of some stakeholder hospitals that the previous star formulas were flawed.
CMS maintains the Hospital Compare website to provide patients with information they need to assess the performance of hospitals in which they might seek medical care. The website supplies data on quality measures, as well as an overall star rating.
The new formula incorporates the following elements:
More information on the star rating methodology can be found at: http://bit.ly/2qGZQnV.
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