Hospitals 'encouraged' by CMS proposal to overhaul star ratings

Modern Healthcare: CMS proposed this week a new methodology for its hospital quality star ratings and stakeholders are cautiously optimistic.

After years of backlash from providers, CMS proposed in its 2021 hospital outpatient prospective payment an overhaul of how it determines star ratings. The agency proposes removing the controversial latent variable model that have long vexed hospitals. The proposed changes were expected as CMS announced last August it would do so through public rulemaking this year.

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