Hospitals want CMS to consider income data in ratings

Hospital groups are pushing back against the five-star rating system the Medicare program uses to assess hospitals' care quality. America's Essential Hospitals and the Association of American Medical Colleges have asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to also include demographic information such as income in the surrounding communities. Hospital representatives have suggested that facilities serving lower-income communities are more likely to receive lower satisfaction scores from patients and therefore say CMS must consider such factors. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare

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