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CHA Provides Overview of Hospital Scorecards

For communications and public relations staff

Several hospital organizations that rank or grade hospitals released updates this week, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Overall Hospital Star Ratings (searchable on Care Compare), Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades, and Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals. The CMS star ratings updates were a particular area of focus as the new version incorporated several methodological changes. Hospitals may receive media inquiries about one or more of these rating systems. To assist, CHA has constructed an overview of the more well-publicized scorecards. These Leapfrog talking points may also aid in the response.