Hospital Quality Rating System Delayed by CMS

Is that hospital where you just had open-heart surgery a five star or a one star? You’ll have to wait until July, at the earliest, to find out.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday delayed implementation of its hospital quality rating system that was set to debut this week amid questions about the methodology being employed.

Members of Congress — nearly half — and the American Hospital Association alike voiced concerns that the methodology overlooked crucial factors, such as the number of patients a hospital was seeing who had multiple chronic conditions and/or low incomes, both factors that often directly affect outcomes.

CMS said it was “committed to quality improvement and transparency for people with Medicare.” CMS administers the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

For the full story on how the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) affects your business, no matter how large or small, please obtain a copy of our comprehensive yet easy-to-follow Affordable Care Act Compliance Kit.

NOTE: The details in this blog are provided for informational purposes only. All answers are general in nature and do not constitute legal advice. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. The author specifically disclaims any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the reliance on or use of this blog.
You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *

Leave a Reply

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Comments (required)*