(April 20, 2016) An article today on the HealthcareDive website by Jeff Byers, announced that, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), "will postpone the launch," of its "star rating system, originally scheduled for an April 21 release," according to Kaiser Health News.
The article stated that the new CMS hospital quality rating system was, "meant to help consumers shop for the best hospital experience by identifying facilities with high quality of care and positive outcomes." However, "225 House members and 60 senators urged for a delay" in the launch, per KHN until July, because, "certain flaws in the system’s design weight it against teaching hospitals that treat patients from the lower end of the socioeconomic scale, as well as patients requiring more complicated procedures."
According to Healthcare Dive, a sample was taken last year and only, "about 4% out of the 3,076 hospitals in the sample, which was restricted to acute care hospitals with at least 25 hospitalizations, received 5 stars. Most hospitals (47%) received 3 stars."
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