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CMS Delays Hospital Star Ratings Update Until July

Due to a calculation error in measure results used for calendar year (CY) 2021 public reporting, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will update affected measure results and hospital overall quality star ratings in July 2022. CMS originally planned to update overall star ratings on Care Compare in April.

Impact on CY2021 Measure Results

The affected measure — OP-10 (Abdomen Computed Tomography [CT]-Use of Contrast Material) — will be corrected and recalculated in CY 2021 measure results. Hospitals will be able to preview these updates in spring 2022; no additional data or other actions are required of hospitals, and the recalculations will not impact CY 2022 payment determinations.

Impact on CY2022 Measure Results

To minimize stakeholder confusion, CMS will delay public reporting of the CY 2022 OP-10 measure results, which are used for CY 2023 payment determination and usually are available for preview in spring 2022. CMS intends to correct calculation errors on this measure going forward.

CMS plans to update overall star ratings hospital-specific reports in spring 2022 and publicly report the ratings in summer 2022.

For questions related to impacts to ratings, please submit your inquiry to the overall star rating team via the QualityNet Question and Answer tool (select “Overall Star Ratings” in the Program dropdown menu).

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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About the Author

Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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