FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON—We find it unfortunate that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to publish hospital star ratings today even as the agency proposed changes that recognize ongoing flaws in the ratings methodology.
Those flaws contribute to ratings that mislead consumers and disadvantage hospitals that care for vulnerable patients, rather than reflect true hospital performance and improvement. The ratings also fail to account for social risk factors beyond a hospital’s control and that affect performance.
Our hospitals are dedicated to quality improvement and transparency, and they support empowering patients and families with useful and relevant information. We appreciate that CMS has responded to our concerns by proposing and soliciting comment on changes to improve star ratings accuracy and reliability.
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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.