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Association Comments on Overall Star Rating System

Proposed overall hospital quality star ratings should be meaningful and accurate, avoid confusing consumers, and account for socioeconomic and demographic factors that complicate care for vulnerable patients, America’s Essential Hospitals said in comments this week to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The association’s Aug. 17 comments respond to CMS’ proposed methodology for an overall hospital quality star rating system. If implemented, the overall star ratings will appear on the Hospital Compare site beginning next year.

CMS has extended the deadline for submitting comments on the proposed overall quality star rating system and methodology. Hospitals are able to access and review hospital-specific reports from the dry run of the proposed star rating system and provide email feedback on the system and methodology by Sept. 14. To access hospital-specific dry run reports, hospitals should sign in to the QualityNet Secure Portal and access the Secure File Transfer section of the website. Reports should be in a hospital’s inbox.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Policy Analyst Maryellen Guinan, Esq., at mguinan@essentialhospitals.org or 202.495.3354.

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

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