The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its Hospital Compare website with new star ratings, and released the list of hospitals receiving Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) penalties for the 2018 fiscal.
Corrections to the star ratings calculations likely mean that significantly fewer hospitals will receive a three star rating this year. Many more hospitals will receive four or five stars, and additional hospital will receive one or two star ratings. Release of the HAC payment penalty list and the star ratings have occasionally generated public attention, so hospitals would be well-served to review the data. Read more from the American Hospital Association. (Tim Pfarr)