Many West Virginia Hospitals Rated Below Average in New Hospital Ratings
Posted on behalf of The Bell Law Firm, PLLC on Aug 31, 2016 in Medical Malpractice
Most hospitals in West Virginia were rated as average or below average in the new hospital quality star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
The CMS created the ratings to inform patients about the quality of care they can expect to receive at their local hospitals. The organization rated facilities from one to five stars on several different metrics, including costs, re-admittance rates, use of medical imaging, patient satisfaction and deaths.
The CMS reviewed 53 hospitals in West Virginia, with 15 receiving no rating due to insufficient data. Only three facilities received four stars, while 35 received three stars and 25 earned just two stars.
The largest health system in the state, Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) earned three stars.
Criticism of CMS Quality Ratings
Hospital administrators and others have criticized the star rating system as a flawed way to measure hospital quality.
For example, some of the hospitals were given quality star ratings even though the CMS was missing large chunks of data about these facilities.
The CMS had wide-ranging samples of data from each hospital, which makes it tough to compare facilities, according to Becky Brannon, chief nursing officer for Thomas Health System.
The CMS also did not adjust its ratings for hospitals that treat sicker patients, which may have skewed the rankings against these facilities, according to Dale Wood, chief operating officer for CAMC.
Another concern is that approximately half of the hospitals that were given five stars reported on less than 40 percent of the metrics, says Dr. Janis Orlowski, the Association of American Medical Colleges chief healthcare officer.
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