CHA News Article

Registration Open for CMS Call on HCAHPS Star Ratings
CMS also to host call on dialysis star ratings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a national provider call Oct. 8 from 10:30 a.m. – noon (PT) on its planned star rating system for survey data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). As noted last week in CHA News, CMS is currently conducting a dry run of the rating system for hospitals on Hospital Compare, scheduled to end Oct. 14. During the dry run, hospitals can preview how their HCAHPS data would appear in the star rating system and provide feedback to CMS on how to improve the system at the QualityNet portal. At the same time, they can preview and validate their quality data to be added to the Hospital Compare website in December. The five-star ratings are not scheduled to appear on Hospital Compare until April 2015. For assistance accessing preview reports, contact HospitalCompare@hsag.com. Online registration is available for the national provider call.

In addition, CMS will host a call on the introduction of star ratings for dialysis facilities beginning in January 2015. The call is scheduled for Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (PT). To participate, dial (800) 837-1935 and enter conference ID 8597626. Slides for the call are available at www.dialysisdata.org.

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