CMS Updates Star Ratings on Hospital Compare Website

July 27, 2015 in News

Last week, CMS updated the star ratings on its Hospital Compare website, showing an increase in the number of five-star hospitals, Healthcare Finance, reports (Powderly, Healthcare Finance, 7/23).


In April, the agency released its first five-star ratings for hospitals as part of a broader effort to offer star ratings on all of CMS’s consumer-facing Compare websites. Medicare first began using star ratings in 2008, when it applied them to nursing homes. It has recently implemented similar programs for home health providers, dialysis facilities and large group practices.

The hospital rating system offers a star rating based on the 11 publicly reported measures in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, which assesses patient experiences (iHealthBeat, 4/16).

Details of Data Update

The updated ratings are based on HCAHPS survey results for the reporting period from October 2013 to September 2014. CMS plans to update the rankings every quarter (Healthcare Finance, 7/23).

In total, CMS awarded five-star ratings to 336 — or about 9.5% — of the 3,548 eligible hospitals, up from 251 of the 3,553 eligible hospitals in April. In addition:

  • 1,296 hospitals– or about 36.5% — received four stars;
  • 1,320 hospitals — or about 37% — received three stars;
  • 475 hospitals — or about 13.5% — received two stars; and
  • 121 hospitals — or about 3.5% — received one star.

CMS did not rate 1,108 hospitals because the agency did not have adequate patient experience data for the facilities during the survey period (HCAHPS survey data, July 2015).

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