The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced updated
data on the Hospital Compare website and on data.medicare.gov to provide
patients, families and all stakeholders with the information needed to
compare the performance of hospitals where they seek medical care. Along
with data on quality measures, CMS will also update the Overall Hospital
St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri, received the 4-star rating.
“The star award is given based on metrics such as mortality, readmission,
patient safety, and patient experience,” said George Mitchell Manager
of Performance Improvement and Risk. “This rating demonstrates our
hospitals’ commitment to patient safety and quality,” he added.
Hospital Compare (https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html) reports information on quality measures for over 4,000 hospitals nationwide,
including Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers and military hospitals.
The website provides information for patients and caregivers on how well
hospitals deliver care and encourages hospitals to improve the quality
of care provided. Users can compare performance across many common conditions.
For this update, CMS responds to stakeholder concerns by updating several
existing measures and the Overall Star Rating. The Overall Star Rating
has been revised refreshing assign ratings to hospitals, based on the
Technical Expert Panel recommendations and public input. “We continue
to refine the Star Ratings and look forward to an ongoing dialogue with
hospitals and patients and their families on how we can provide beneficiaries
useful information,” Seema Verma, CMS Administrator said.
CMS’s Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating on Hospital Compare is
updated twice per year, in July and December. CMS is committed to working
with stakeholders in a transparent manner to evaluate and update the Overall
As a proven healthcare consumer tool, the Overall Hospital Quality Star
Rating summarizes data from existing measures on Hospital Compare for
each hospital to allow users to easily compare hospital facilities. In
addition, with data.medicare.gov, users can explore and download hospital
data, as well as data on ambulatory surgical centers, inpatient psychiatric
facilities, and some cancer hospitals.
As part of the December update, CMS posted supporting documents related
to the Star Ratings on