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CMS Updates Star Ratings on Hospital Compare Website

Last week, CMS updated the star ratings on its Hospital Compare website, showing an increase in the number of five-star hospitals, Healthcare Finance reports (Powderly, Healthcare Finance, 7/23).

In April, the agency released its first five-star ratings for hospitals as part of a broader effort to offer star ratings on all of CMS’ consumer-facing Compare websites. Medicare first began using star ratings in 2008, when it applied them to nursing homes. It has recently implemented similar programs for home health providers, dialysis facilities and large group practices.