Last reflection

Well, we have come to the last reflection. It has been a long course, but we have persevered. Here we are at last. The last week we really just evaluated. There isn’t much to report on. So I will talk about my modern healthcare article that I read about. It also was about evaluation. Would you look at that? 

     The CMS is updating the star ratings to Hospital Compare in February after a 14-month delay to resolve issues. The agency appears to not address some of the critics’ biggest concerns. The changes to the star ratings methodology were minimal as the CMS maintains its use of the patent variable model which analysts andhpsital have seen as an issue for the way it assigns hospital star ratings. Now, in the news star ratings preview there his one measure the continues to heavily influence how hospitals perform in the safety-of-care domain although there is still backlash from stakeholders. The new operation flips the safety-of-care domain to its original iterations “The agency calculates star ratings by weighing how hospitals perform in seven categories: mortality, safety-of-care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging. The three outcome groups—readmissions, safety and mortality—are weighted the most at 22% each along with the patient experience group”. Apparently (according to Modern healthcare) these heavily weighted groups negatively impact a hospital’s overall rating.  This is important because nurses will often recruit to hospitals with high rankings. Also, patients will seek out high-ranking hospitals. Rankings affect many aspects of hospitals funding, grants, and finances as well.

Over and out,