Association between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hospital star rating and patient outcomes.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services star ratings are based on patient experience surveys, and the relationship between such ratings and patient outcomes has not been well-established. This secondary data analysis found that hospitals with higher star ratings had lower 30-day mortality and readmission rates. The authors suggest that these ratings may lead patients to higher-performing hospitals.