CMS Star Ratings and HAC Talking Points
Thursday, January 30, 2020 11:06 AM
This month’s refresh of Hospital Compare will include an update to hospital overall star ratings. This could again generate media interest, so KHA is sharing the AHA Member Advisory with members with some background information along with talking points on hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). Note that CMS has indicated it plans to propose more significant changes to the methodology this year, likely as part of the FY 2021 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule this spring.
This month’s Hospital Compare update also will include the FY 2020 results of the HAC reduction program (which shows which hospitals are being penalized), and the final FY 2020 hospital readmission reduction program (HRRP) results. The HAC results always seem to attract at least some media attention, so please review the talking points above, in case you receive inquiries.