CHA News Article

CMS Develops Five-Star Rating System for Hospital Compare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed, with its Yale Measurement Contractor, a Five-Star Ratings Version 1.0 system for Hospital Compare. The system will be modeled after the methodology CMS has used for Nursing Home Compare, a much-debated rating system.

From Sept. 15 through Oct. 14, CMS will roll out a “dry run” rating system for hospitals, beginning with HCAHPS, on Hospital Compare. CMS acknowledges the complexity of a rating system for hospitals and will seek input, primarily through a Technical Expert Panel (TEP). CMS has made clear the decision to start with the HCAHPS measure is firm, although it is likely the most difficult measure for hospitals.

Other confirmed details about the star system include:

  1. There is a firm commitment to roll out a star rating across all Hospital Compare measures.
  2. There will be consistency in methodology across the entire set of Hospital Compare websites, when possible.
  3. The April 2015 release of star ratings will likely be the template going forward.

The Hospital Quality Institute and CHA teams are following the system’s development and roll-out closely and are using all available avenues for input and influence, including nomination for a seat on the TEP that will advise CMS.