CMS Postpones Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings Update

Added on Jun 22, 2017

CMS Postpones Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings Update
Industry Edge June 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it will not update the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on Hospital Compare in July as scheduled due to data issues with the central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) outcome measure, the Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) outcome measure and the Patient Safety Indicator-90 (PSI-90) composite measure. CMS is working with its partners to correct the data and anticipates updating the measures and the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings in October. The October preview period is scheduled for July 14 through Aug. 13, 2017; hospitals should receive their preview reports for the October update by the end of July.

According to CMS, the following measures will be updated in July:

  • Risk Adjusted Mortality
  • Risk Adjusted Readmission
  • Timely and Effective Care
  • HCAHPS
  • Healthcare-associated infection (HAI) data not listed above
  • Excess Days in Acute Care
  • Outpatient Imaging Efficiency
  • Payment and Value of Care

Questions regarding the Hospital Compare Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings may be emailed to cmsstarratings@lantanagroup.com.