CMS is set to release single star hospital overall quality ratings soon

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More than 74% of the hospitals in the country score less than three stars in this new Five Star Rating system.

Hospital Compare is a consumer-oriented website that provides information on how well hospitals provide care to their patients. This information can help consumers make informed decisions about their health care. In a major step to educate and inform consumers about hospitals’ quality rankings CMS has developed an Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating (Star Rating) that reflects comprehensive quality information about the care provided at our nation’s hospitals. The Star Rating takes 62 existing quality measures already reported on the Hospital Compare website and summarizes them into a unified rating of one to five stars.

Here is a preview of the information CMS has released today: