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CMS Will Not Update Overall Star Ratings Data in October

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will not update the Hospital Compare overall hospital quality star ratings in October, as previously scheduled.

Citing public feedback on methodology, CMS has decided not to publish data from the October star ratings preview reports. America’s Essential Hospitals submitted comments encouraging the agency to suspend the overall star ratings and examine concerns with the methodology, including a lack of risk adjustment.

Star ratings released in December 2016 will remain on the site until the next update.

CMS plans to update other data on the Hospital Compare website in October, including information on:

  • timely and effective care;
  • health careassociated infections;
  • hospital consumer assessment of healthcare providers and systems (HCAHPS) survey results;
  • serious complications composite and death rate among surgical patients with serious treatable complications; and
  • the Prospective Payment SystemExempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting Program and the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.

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


About the Author

Rachel Schwartz is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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