The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its latest ratings for hospital performance. St. Mary’s Hospital is one of just six Wisconsin hospitals to receive a 5-star rating.
Five stars is the highest rating a hospital can receive based on its performance on 64 measures selected from the hospital inpatient quality reporting (IQR) and outpatient quality reporting (OQR) programs. CMS places the selected measures into seven groups mortality, safety, readmissions, patient experience, timeliness of care, effectiveness of care and imaging efficiency. The overall rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S.
Some of the measures used to calculate the overall rating are based only on data from Medicare patients and some are based on data from all patients. For example, measures on deaths, readmissions, and use of medical imaging include data from Medicare patients only. The patient experience, safety, and timely and effective care measures include data from any adult patient treated at hospitals.
The ratings can be found on Hospital Compare, a website created through CMS to help consumers decide where to go for health care, and to encourage hospitals to improve the care they provide.
About St. Mary’s Hospital
Serving South Central Wisconsin since 1912, St. Mary’s Hospital is a 440-bed hospital that offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient treatment and diagnostic services in primary care and nearly all specialties. In 2016, Truven Health Analytics™ named St. Mary’s one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals®, for representing the highest national standards in hospital care and management. It is one of three hospitals, two skilled nursing facilities, 55 clinic locations and a health plan in Wisconsin that are owned and operated by SSM Health Care, a Catholic faith-based not-for-profit health system located in St. Louis, Missouri.