Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics is thrilled to announce that 5 star ratings were achieved by the Belmond and Clarion facilities, according to data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Compare.
To make it easier for consumers to compare and rate hospitals, CMS incorporated a Star Rating System into its Hospital Compare website. There are 12 Star Ratings on Hospital Compare, one for each of the 11 publicly reported Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) measures, plus a summary star rating that combines all the HCAHPS Star Ratings. The ratings are based on data from the HCAHPS survey measures that are included on Hospital Compare.
“The star rating empowers consumers with information to make more informed healthcare decisions, encourages providers to strive for higher levels of quality, and drives overall health system improvement,” said Patrick Conway, M.D. Chief Medical Officer for CMS and Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality.
HCAHPS has been in use since 2006 to measure patients’ view of hospital care and includes topics like: How well nurses and doctors communicated, responsiveness of hospital staff, how clean and quiet hospital environments were, and how well patients were prepared for post-hospital settings.
Iowa Specialty Hospital in Belmond and Clarion were two of the 251 hospitals across the country to receive a 5 star summary rating as of July 16th.
For more information on CMS’s Hospital Compare and HCAHPS star ratings, please visit www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare or our own Performance pages located here.