Diabetes Health in the News Podcast: Senators Request a Delay of Hospital Star Ratings from CMS

U.S. senators have recently sent a request to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services asking for a delay in releasing the quarterly Hospital Compare Rankings. Concerns have come up that the methods used to rate hospitals fail to take income and social-level standings into account. The American Hospital Association is supporting the 60 senators who have made the request.

The Senate states that they support public reporting of medical provider quality data. However, they are concerned that the current way that star ratings are issued does not accurately factor in hospitals that treat patients with multiple and complex chronic conditions as well as patients with low socioeconomic status.

These findings were published in Healthcare Finance on April 12, 2016.

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