CMS gives hospital 4 stars

Published 12:37 am Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Andalusia Health ranks in top 3rd nationwide

Andalusia Health ranked in the top third of hospitals nationally, and earned a 4-Star rating in the most recent Hospital Compare Program.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hosts the consumer-oriented website that provides information on how well hospitals provide care to their patients.

The Hospital Compare program allows consumers to select multiple hospitals and directly compare performance measure information related to heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgery and other conditions.

Andalusia Health CEO  John Yanes said, “CMS’s goal is to offer a standardize process to measure and help improve hospitals’ quality of care through easy to understand data on hospital performance, and quality information from the patient perspectives. Andalusia Health has worked very hard with its medical staff and all hospital staff members to improve the quality of care we deliver to our patients. We are relentless in delivering safe, quality care to our patients.”

As of the most recent report, January 2019, of more than 4,500 hospitals in the nation, approximately 3,700 participated in the star rating. Veteran Affairs Administration (VA) Hospitals are excluded from the program. The rating system currently includes seven groups of measures (Mortality, Safety of Care, Readmission, Patient Experience, Effectiveness of Care, Timeliness of Care and Efficient Use of Medical Imaging).

Of the 4,573 participating hospitals, 6.41 percent earned a 5-star rating; 23.75 percent earned a 4-Star rating; 27.64 percent earned a 3-Star rating; 17.49 percent earned a 2-Star rating; and 6.17 percent earned a 1-Star rating.