By: Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, Director of Center for Clinical Standards and Quality
Helping Consumers Make Care Choices through Hospital Compare
two National Provider Calls with over 4,000 hospital representatives. During
the calls, we walked through the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating data
and the methodology in detail while responding to questions that the
specialized assistance to hospitals. We held numerous meetings
with the hospital associations and individual hospitals to explain their
data and answer questions.
an evaluation of the national distributions of the Overall Hospital
Quality Star Rating based on hospital characteristics. The
analysis shows that all
types of hospitals have both high performing and low performing hospitals.
- Subjecting the measures used to calculate the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating to rigorous scientific review and risk adjustment. All of the measures used to calculate the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating are based on clinical guidelines and have undergone a rigorous scientific review and testing. The vast majority are endorsed by the National Quality Forum. Most of these quality measures are already adjusted for clinical co-morbidities to account for the illness-burden of the population. Some hospitals have raised the question of making additional adjustments to account for the sociodemographic characteristics of the patients they serve. We continue to work closely with the National Quality Forum and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), who is required by the IMPACT Act to study the effect of socioeconomic status on quality measures and payment programs based on measures. We will work with ASPE and determine what next steps, if any, should be taken to adjust our measures based on the recommendations in the report.