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No Update to CMS Hospital Star Ratings, Quality Data in January

The American Hospital Association (AHA) reports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will not update the overall hospital quality star ratings at Hospital Compare in January to allow time to review public comment and finalize proposed changes to the star ratings methodology, as announced by the agency this week.

The proposed changes to the star ratings methodology were included in the hospital outpatient prospective payment system and ambulatory surgical center payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2021. Under an interim final rule released in August, CMS will not use quality data from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2020 for performance or use in quality reporting or value-based payment programs.

Measures to be updated in the next quarterly update to Hospital Compare in July 2021 include:

  • Healthcare-associated infections measure;
  • Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems measures for inpatient and cancer hospitals;
  • Inpatient timely and effective care measures;
  • Outpatient timely and effective care measures;
  • Outpatient and ambulatory surgery CAHPS measure

Measures to be updated in the next quarterly update to Hospital Compare in October 2021 include:

  • American College of Surgeons measure

Annually refreshed measures will continue to be updated on Medicare Care Compare – Hospitals as scheduled.

CMS have also announced plans to retire the eight original compare tools – Nursing Home Compare, Hospital Compare, Physician Compare, Home Health Compare, Dialysis Compare, IRF Compare, LTCH Compare and Hospice Compare – on December 1st. All provider quality data will be available on Medicare Care Compare.

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