CMS Star Rating

CMS Hits Pause on Patient Satisfaction Star Ratings Updates

June 14, 2018 - CMS has announced it will delay updates to the patient satisfaction and Hospital Quality Star Ratings updates, which were slated to go live on the Hospital Compare website come July. This is the second time in recent months that the agency has decided to delay Star Ratings updates amid industry feedback that the Star Ratings methodology is not representative of true patient satisfaction. Last...

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by Sara Heath

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by Sara Heath

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by Sara Heath

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by Sara Heath

The CMS Nursing Home Compare website could benefit from updates that improve usability and better inform patient care decisions, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In a recent audit, GAO found that the Nursing Home Compare...

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by Sara Heath

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by Sara Heath

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by Sara Heath

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