CHA News Article

CMS Seeks Comments on Measure Selection Criteria for Hospital Five-Star Quality Ratings
CHA seeks member input for comments due Feb. 25

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the attached report for public comment following the first of three technical expert panel (TEP) meetings on the development of a five-star quality rating system for hospitals. The report provides background on the hospital quality star ratings project, as well as an overview of the steps involved in developing the methodology. It also describes measure selection criteria and includes a list of measures under consideration for inclusion in and exclusion from the star rating system. CMS specifically seeks comments on the TEP’s measure selection criteria. CHA will submit comments, due to CMS by Feb. 25, and is interested in member input. Please submit comments to CHA as well as directly to CMS at cmsstarratings@lantanagroup.com.

CMS will hold two additional TEP meetings this winter and spring, focusing on the method for creating a summary score. Following those meetings, CMS will open an additional comment period on the summary score star ratings methodology. Additionally, before the summary star ratings are published on Hospital Compare in April, CMS will provide a preview of that information and offer an additional opportunity for stakeholder feedback. As a reminder, CMS has already provided hospitals with their HCAHPS five-star ratings through Quality Net in January, and those will appear on Hospital Compare in April.

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