Hospital groups, home healthcare agencies and other providers are saying that the new five-star rating system CMS plans to apply to them is going to confuse consumers rather than help them meaningfully compare providers’ quality and safety. Recently, the star system used by CMS to rate nursing homes and physician groups has “come under fire” for lacking rigor. The American Hospital Association and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) also argue that an extended timeline and comment period is needed to address key concerns over methodology. However, advocates for patients and large employers argue that ratings add transparency and better tools to help consumers make informed choices.
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