What is the Hospital Compare overall hospital rating?
The overall hospital rating summarizes a variety of measures- Opens in a new window on Hospital Compare reflecting common conditions that hospitals treat, such as heart attacks or pneumonia. Hospitals may perform more complex services or procedures not reflected in the measures on Hospital Compare. The overall hospital rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S.
The overall hospital rating ranges from 1 to 5 stars. The more stars, the better a hospital performed on the available quality measures. The most common overall hospital rating is 3 stars. The Hospital Compare overall hospital rating summarizes a variety of measures across 7 areas of quality into a single star rating for each hospital. Once reporting thresholds are met, a hospital’s overall hospital rating is calculated using only those measures for which data are available. This may include as few as 9 or as many as 60 measures. The average is about 39 measures.
The methodology uses a statistical model known as a latent variable model. Seven different latent variable models are used to calculate scores for 7 groups of measures.
2. Safety of Care
4. Patient Experience
5. Effectiveness of Care
6. Timeliness of Care
7. Efficient Use of Medical Imaging
How can I use the Hospital Compare overall hospital rating?
In an emergency, you should go to the nearest hospital. When you are able to plan ahead, the Hospital Compare overall hospital rating can provide a starting point for comparing a hospital to others locally and nationwide. Along with the overall hospital rating, Hospital Compare includes information on many important aspects of quality, such as rates of infection and complications and patients’ experiences, based on survey results.
Choosing a hospital is a complex and personal decision that reflects individual needs and preferences. You should consider a variety of factors when choosing a hospital, such as physician guidance about your care plan and other sources of information about hospitals in your area.
Discuss the information you find on Hospital Compare with your physician or health care provider to decide which hospital best meets your health care needs.
Some of the measures used to calculate the overall hospital rating are based only on data from Medicare patients and some are based on data from all patients. The claims-based measures, which include the mortality, readmission, complications, PSI-90, and imaging efficiency measures, are calculated using Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) hospital claims data only. The process of care, healthcare-associated infection (HAI), and HCAHPS Survey measures include data from all payers.
Why is the Hospital Compare overall hospital rating not displayed for some hospitals?
This website displays an overall hospital rating for about 80% of hospitals on Hospital Compare.
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