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November 1, 2016

The New CMS Hospital Quality Star Ratings: The Stars Are Not Aligned

Author Affiliations
  • 1Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC), Department of Surgery and Center for Healthcare Studies, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Quality Division, Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2016;316(17):1761-1762. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.13679

On July 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the controversial Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings,1 despite concerns raised by hospitals and Congress that CMS had not provided enough details regarding the methodology, shared the underlying data, or responded adequately to comments from various stakeholders. Federal legislation has now been introduced to have CMS take down the Star Ratings.2

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