FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Beth Feldpush, DrPH
Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON—America’s Essential Hospitals has followed development of the star ratings closely because of their potential to disadvantage essential hospitals, which care for patients who face severe socioeconomic challenges.
This mission puts essential hospitals at a disproportionate risk of penalties that result from flaws in the star ratings system—flaws that persist despite modest updates to the methodology last year. We have made our concerns clear to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and we are disappointed the agency continues to publicly post the ratings.
Health care consumers need accurate, relevant information to make the best care decisions; the current star ratings do not meet this need. The ratings rely on a methodology that fails to account for differences among hospitals and, therefore, could mislead rather than inform consumers.
We are committed to working with CMS to fix these flaws, and we call on the agency to make necessary changes through rulemaking this year.
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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. We support our more than 300 members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education. Communities depend on essential hospitals to provide specialized, lifesaving services; train the health care workforce; advance public health and health equity; and coordinate care. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead the way to more effective and efficient care. Learn more at essentialhospitals.org.