Vizient Applauds CMS Decision to Delay July Update to Overall Hospital Star Ratings




IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vizient applauds the recent decision by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to delay its update to the Overall Hospital Star Ratings that was planned for July. This decision by CMS is supported by data that Vizient provided to the Agency related to methodology issues that negatively affect hospital ratings.

Vizient’s feedback to CMS focused on specific technical details identified in the July 2018 preview reports. The issues raised were related to significant swings in measure loading coefficients from the December 2017 release in addition to the negative loading coefficients for certain safety group measures that would result in poorer ratings for higher performing hospitals and better ratings for worse performers. Additionally the main weight for the safety domain is focused on total hip and knee complications and while we applaud minimizing PSI-90 we do believe additional metrics should have more weight in this domain.

In addition to previous public comments providing feedback on the Star Ratings methodology, Vizient offered five recommendations for improving the star rating in an article recently published by The Hill. The recommendations included rating hospitals by type, procedures/specialties, better data, transparency in methodology and weighting of quality measures. The recommendations are intended to improve the rating’s accuracy and clarity for consumers as well as to create an important feedback loop for providers for performance improvement.

As the nation’s largest health care performance improvement company, Vizient serves a diverse membership that includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health care delivery networks and non-acute health care providers.

About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country, provides innovative data-driven solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient’s diverse membership base includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents approximately $100 billion in annual purchasing volume. The Vizient brand identity represents the integration of VHA Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation, which combined in 2015, as well as MedAssets’ Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM) segment, including Sg2, which was acquired in 2016. In 2018, Vizient again received a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute. Vizient’s headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Please visit as well as our newsroom, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube pages for more information about the company.


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