The CMS star ratings on Hospital Compare, the agency’s public information website, makes it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and understand the quality of care it delivers. Hospital Compare star ratings relate to patients’ experiences of care at more than 3,000 Medicare-certified hospitals. In grading hospitals on their overall quality, CMS used 100 measures, such as hospital-acquired infection rates or emergency room wait times that had already been posted to the Hospital Compare site. It grouped those measures into broader categories, then weighted them.
“We are incredibly proud to receive four stars from CMS and to be recognized for our high-quality measures,” said Michael Klepin, Southern California Hospitals CEO. “We thank our dedicated physicians and staff for their passion and commitment to an exceptional level of care for our community that is reflected in this external validation.”
CMS created the Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare hospitals more easily and to help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions. The rating system summarizes data from existing quality measures publicly reported on Hospital Compare into a single-star rating for each hospital, making it easier for consumers to compare hospitals and interpret complex quality information.
To view the CMS ratings and other health care consumer information, visit Hospital Compare.