Medicare to Help Seniors Choose Health Care
Providers with Five-Star Ratings on ‘Compare’ Sites
5-Star grade being added to Hospital Compare,
Dialysis Facility Compare, Home Health Compare says Medicare Blog
By Dr. Patrick
CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality, Chief Medical
June 27, 2014 - When buying a
product or service, looking at ratings can often help narrow down the
choices. Some websites offer “star” ratings that give information about
the quality of the products and services they offer. Wouldn’t it be
helpful to have the same kind of ratings when choosing a health care
It can be overwhelming when
consumers are faced with having to choose a health care provider, such
as a hospital, nursing home, or physician. Providers differ in the
safety and quality of care they give, and having quality ratings
available to compare providers can help consumers make more informed
health care decisions. That’s why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS) is committed to making it easier to use the information
on our Compare sites.
Later this year and early in 2015,
we’re adding a Five-star rating system to the
Dialysis Facility Compare,
Home Health Compare websites
Medicare.gov. The Compare sites are
the official CMS source for information about the quality of health care
providers, and the Five-star rating system is just one of many ways
we’re working to make quality information easier to understand and
These ratings are based on
established scientific standards of rigor and accuracy. Our
Nursing Home Compare site
already uses star ratings to help consumers compare nursing homes and
choose one based on quality.
Physician Compare has just
started to include star ratings in certain situations for physician
While consumers are the main
audience for the Compare sites, stakeholders and partners can
visit Data.Medicare.gov and use the same data that power the Compare
websites in easy-to-use formats. We’re excited to make this available so
that you can use the same set of authoritative data in your work. CMS is
committed to providing useful and current quality performance data.
The star ratings empower consumers
with information to make more informed health care decisions, encourage
providers to strive for higher levels of quality, and drive overall
health system improvement.
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