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CMS has awarded 155 hospitals a "five-star" rating on its Hospital Compare website, while more than 700 hospitals received just one or two stars.
The hospital rating system offers a star rating based on the 11 publicly reported measures in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, which assesses patient experiences.
The agency released its first star ratings for hospitals in April and updated the ratings based on new HCAHPS data in July and October. The latest update, released last week, is based on HCAHPS survey results for the reporting period from April 1, 2014, through March 31, 2015.
How hospitals fared
In total, CMS awarded five-star ratings to 155 Medicare-certified acute-care hospitals of the 3,542 eligible hospitals. In addition:
- 1,173 hospitals received four stars;
- 1,510 hospitals received three stars;
- 633 hospitals received two stars; and
- 71 hospitals received one star.
CMS did not rate 1,110 hospitals because the agency lacked adequate patient experience data during the survey period.
The number of five-star hospitals represents the fewest of any update, even as the number of eligible facilities has stayed largely flat. By comparison, the agency awarded five-star ratings to:
- 251 hospitals in April;
- 336 hospitals in July; and
- 207 hospitals in October.
However, the number of one-star hospitals also represents the fewest of any update. CMS rated 101 hospitals in April as "one-star," compared with 121 in July and 76 in October (CMS data, 12/10; CMS fact sheet, 12/10).
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Star ratings reflect HCAHPS surveys competed from April 1, 2014, through March 31, 2015, as displayed in the Hospital Compare update released on Dec. 10, 2015. Each hospital must have at least 100 completed surveys over a given four-quarter period and be eligible for public reporting of HCAHPS measures to receive a star rating.
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