In late July the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings for all hospitals in the United States. The Star Rating is designed to help individuals, their family members, and caregivers compare hospitals in an easily understandable way. Over the past decade, CMS has published information about the quality of care across the five different health care settings that most families encounter. The new Star Data incorporates more measures and allows consumers to compare hospitals side by side which increases transparency.
The new Star Rating methodology takes 64 existing quality measures already reported on the Hospital Compare website and summarizes them into a unified rating of one to five stars. The rating includes quality measures for routine care that the average individual receives, such as care received when being treated for heart attacks and pneumonia, to quality measures that focus on hospital-acquired infections, such as catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
The rating system has come under scrutiny because some hospitals contend that socioeconomic data does not factor in. Patient’s who do not have ready access to healthcare services either because they do not have health coverage, or services are not available in their community, are at a disadvantage. Health outcomes are impacted by a patient’s ability to access care. The more access a patient has to care the more likely they are to receive timely treatment.
Only 2% of hospitals received a 5 Star Rating and roughly 20% received a 4 Star Rating. GVMH received a 4 Star Rating and compares very favorably to hospitals in this region and across the country. GVMH was above, or at, the national average for all measures.
GVMH’s 4 Star Rating fits with our Mission: To provide exceptional health and wellness services with friendliness and compassion.