Remember that Rating System for Hospitals? Yeah, it Doesn’t Work.

It turns out that “the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has miscalculated hospitals star ratings since they were first released in 2016” according to an article on the Crains Detroit Business .

  • They found that instead of evenly weighting the eight measures in the safety of care group, the CMS’ star ratings formula relied heavily on one measure — PSI-90 — for the first four releases of the ratings and then complication rates from hip and knee replacements for the latest release, the article said.
  • The single measure accounted for about 98 percent of a hospital’s performance in the safety group.

I am sure, though, that CMS got it right for all those quality measures used to rate doctors.  Ha!  Sorry, some of my drink came through my nose after laughing so hard.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Remember that Rating System for Hospitals? Yeah, it Doesn’t Work.

  1. CHRIS
    June 26, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Our hospital administration is really excited because we suddenly went from 3 star to 5 star. Oops.

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