CMS recently updated its Hospital Compare website with new Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) summary star ratings for 3,504 hospitals.
CMS' summary star rating scores hospitals on a one-to-five-star scale based on the 11 publicly reported measures in HCAHPS survey, which assesses patient experiences. The latest update is based on HCAHPS survey data collected between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016.
The patient experience summary star ratings are distinct from CMS' overall quality star ratings, which the agency last updated in December 2016 amid criticism from hospitals. CMS had planned to release updated overall star ratings in July, but delayed its next update until October after encountering data issues.
How hospitals fared
Out of 3,504 hospitals eligible for a rating:
- 215 received a five-star rating;
- 1,203 received a four-star rating;
- 1,468 received a three-star rating;
- 543 received a two-star rating; and
- 76 received a one-star rating.
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Star ratings reflect HCAHPS surveys competed between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016, as displayed in the Hospital Compare update released on July 26, 2017.
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