CMS delays the release of hospital star ratings due to a calculation error

The ratings, which will be released in July, will not impact 2022 payment determinations, CMS says. 

February 16, 2022 / Susan Morse, Executive Editor

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is delaying the release of the hospital star ratings from April until June due to an error in one of the measures.

CMS is updating the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on the Care Compare website from April until July so it can correct a calculation error in the calendar year 2021 results for the OP-10 outpatient imaging efficiency measure, according to information posted by the American Hospital Association. 

No reason for the error was given.

“As a result of this issue and a commitment to data accuracy, CMS will update the 2021 OP-10 measure results as well as the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on Care Compare in July 2022 to correct the error and reflect the accurate results,” CMS said.

CMS is not asking hospitals to submit additional data. 


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