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CMS Announces Changes to Hospital Star Ratings

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will update star ratings to Hospital Compare in February after a 14-month delay to resolve issues, writes Modern Healthcare. As previously reported (AboutHealthTransparency blog post June 13 2018), the CMS postponed the overall hospital quality star ratings for July 2018. The CMS said it made two changes to the star ratings methodology, which was released to hospitals on Friday in a preview report. The first was the “removal of measures with statistically significant negative loadings” from the latent variable model. The other change was weighing healthcare associated infection measures in the safety of care group differently.

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