WILLMAR, MN (July 29, 2016) – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on July 27th. Rice Memorial Hospital received a 4 star rating.
The Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating methodology takes 62 existing quality measures already reported on CMS’ Hospital Compare website and summarizes them into a unified rating of one to five stars. Star ratings are commonly used in other industries and are familiar to most consumers.
Kate Goodrich, Director for CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, stated, “The rating includes quality measures for routine care that the average individual receives, such as care received when being treated for heart attacks or pneumonia, to quality measures that focus on hospital-acquired infections, such as catheter-associated urinary tract infections.”
Nationally, 2.2% of hospitals received a 5 star rating, 20.3% received a 4 star rating, 38.5% a 3 star rating, 15.7% a 2 star rating and 2.9% a 1 star rating.
“Rice’s results are the outcome of the efforts of many in a variety of disciplines working together to achieve optimal results for our patients,” said Teri Beyer, Chief Quality Officer at Rice.
The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) recommends that consumers use CMS’s “Hospital Compare” website and Minnesota Community Measurement’s “HealthScores” website to access quality information that is relevant to the types of care they need.
Hospital Compare has information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country. Visit https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html.
HealthScores has information about quality, patient experience and general cost at more than 1,400 clinics, 535 medical groups and 140 hospitals in Minnesota and neighboring communities. Visit http://www.mnhealthscores.org/.