Mosaic Earns Highest Rating in Hospital Quality

"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", she said.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) developed a plan to consolidate quality measure data into a five-star rating system for hospitals so that healthcare consumers can use it to compare quality.

"We have received numerous letters from national patient and consumer advocacy groups supporting the release of these ratings because it improves the transparency and accessibility of hospital quality information".

Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder said the five-star rating for his hospital was a recognition of the culture of safety and teamwork that exists throughout the hospital.

Medicare has released for the first time star ratings for more than 3,600 hospitals around the country.

Despite strong objections from safety net and teaching hospitals and some members of Congress, federal health officials on Wednesday released the long-anticipated "star" ratings of care quality for 4,600 hospitals. The overall rating ranges from one to five stars: The more stars, the better a hospital performed.

They rate 3,662 USA hospitals from one to five stars, with the latter representing the highest quality of care.

Medicare awarded five stars to relatively obscure hospitals and a notable number of hospitals that specialized in just a few types of surgery, such as knee replacements.

The survey, conducted by The Joint Commission in collaboration with the American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals, found that 78 percent of hospitals will need to do some or a lot of work to effectively report on the measures, while only 13 percent of respondents had successfully submitted eCQM patient level data to CMS previously. No hospitals in the county received five stars. Also, hospitals in lower-income areas tend to have lower scores, which might indicate a deficiency with the rating system itself.

One other Utah hospital received two stars: Davis Hospital and Medical Center. None were among the 102 nationwide to get five stars by Medicare's "Hospital Compare" website. "This is a huge step forward".

In Massachusetts, half of the hospitals earned three stars.

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Grady got low marks on safety of care, patient experience and readmission rates while they were at the national average for mortality rates, effectiveness of care and efficient use of imaging.

The ratings do not include specialized and advanced edge care that certain hospitals provide, such as specialized cancer care.

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"We anticipate a higher ranking when more recent quality improvement efforts and resulting progress are factored into the assessment", Coke said.

"Not surprisingly the industry resents a process that converts a complex patient care process into a 5-star rating system", Kane said. The hospital "remains committed to providing patients with quality, affordable healthcare in a transparent, cost-effective manner", said Michael Maron. They intend to convey the overall quality of almost 4,000 hospitals in the U.S and are posted to the CMS' Hospital Compare site.

The bill would also mandate that a third party validate the star ratings system's methodology and data.

"We are especially troubled that the current ratings scheme unfairly penalizes teaching hospitals and those serving higher numbers of the poor", said Rick Pollack, president of the American Hospital Association.

The score is created to help patients compare and choose among hospitals when planning a surgery or other significant health care procedures, a news release from Medicare said.

Most big academic medical centers in the Philadelphia region were rated below average. A number were in high poverty areas, including two in Newark, N.J., and three in Detroit.

"Hospitals can not be rated like movies", Dr. Darrell Kirch, president of the Association of American Medical Colleges, said in a statement.

Dr. John Bonamo, executive vice president and chief medical officer for RWJBarnabas Health, the state's largest hospital chain - with several facilities that scored only a handful of stars - agreed with industry advocates that CMS released the data prematurely, without properly adjusting for economic factors.

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