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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a major step that empowers those receiving care in America's hospitals to have the most up-to-date hospital quality information so they can make healthcare choices that are right for them. They recently released its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings for 2020, giving 407 hospitals a rating of five stars. CMS' assigned star ratings to more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide based on their performance across seven areas of quality. Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems was one of ten Kansas hospitals to receive a Five Star Quality rating.

Other Kansas hospitals awarded with 5 stars include; AdventHealth Ottawa, AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, Community Memorial Healthcare (Marysville), Kansas Heart Hospital (Wichita), Labette Health (Parsons), Newton Medical Center, Providence Medical Center (Kansas City), Saint Luke's South Hospital (Overland Park) and Wesley Medical Center (Wichita).

Hospital Compare reports data from a wide variety of quality measures that cross many domains of care, including safety, patient experience, and other patient outcomes. Star Ratings are a way of summarizing the information contained in these quality measures, with a goal of helping patients and hospitals interpret the information contained in the individual measures.

Similar measures are grouped together into one of seven areas (e.g., safety or patient experience), and each of these groups is given a score. Group scores higher than the national average indicate better performance against national benchmarks. The group scores are then assigned a weight, and the weighted group scores are used to calculate a summary score. The summary score determines the hospital star rating.

CMS continues to work to make healthcare quality information more valuable and understandable for consumers. They will continue to work to help patients choose hospitals that meet the stands of quality they deserve.

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