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Study Suggests Hospitals be Divided into Peer Groups for CMS Star Ratings

A study published in Health Affairs says CMS should divide hospitals into peer groups based on patterns in how they report on the quality measures the agency uses to rate them, in order to improve its hospital star rating system, writes Healthcare Dive.

By dividing hospitals into three peer groups based on the total number, volume and variety of quality measures reported, the study’s authors show how groups with more extensive reporting requirements tended to earn lower ratings than those that reported on fewer measures.

Based on those findings, the study’s authors concluded that CMS’ current star rating system — which lumps hospitals together in one group to compare them — “may mislead patients, providers and payers about where to seek high-quality care.”

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