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CMS Announces Star Ratings Listening Session, 2020 Data Refresh

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to update the overall hospital quality star ratings methodology in 2021 but will refresh data in early 2020 using the current methodology.

The agency in February last updated the ratings and also sought public comment on potential program changes. CMS summarized the more than 800 comments received in response to nine areas for potential change:

  • measure grouping;
  • incorporating measure precision;
  • period-to-period shifts;
  • peer grouping;
  • closed form solution;
  • explicit approach;
  • alternatives to clustering;
  • incorporation of improvement; and
  • user-customized star rating

CMS will hold an all-day listening session Sept. 19, in Baltimore, to seek further feedback on the star ratings, including methodology, usability, and potential future directions. Limited space is available to attend in person, and the session also will be broadcast via web conference line.

For those interested in learning more about the current state of the star ratings program before the listening session, CMS will hold an orientation webinar Sept. 5 at 3 pm ET.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Maryellen Guinan is a principal policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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