How Local Hospitals Fared In CMS’s New Star Ratings
Media outlets offer a look at how some California hospitals performed under the new federal system to rate the facilities' quality of care.
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Federal Star Ratings Rank Sacramento Hospitals
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released their first ever star ratings for hospitals across the country. Hospitals in Sacramento County were included in the measures, which looked at how facilities performed in 64 different areas, including patient experience, safety, and timely and effective care. Ratings are on a scale of one to five, with one being the lowest. No Sacramento County hospital received five stars. (Johnson, 8/11)
Desert Regional Questions Low Grade On National Scorecard
New report cards from the federal government place Coachella Valley hospitals among the best and worst performers in the country. But the one to five-star assessment is drawing criticism, as hospital groups have roundly blasted the ratings as misleading and unfair to locations that serve more low-income patients or provide a wider range of services. In the valley, Eisenhower Medical Center scored high while Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital scored low. (Newkirk, 8/10)