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Hospital association calls rating system ‘flawed’

HANK HAYES, Kingsport Times News • Feb 4, 2020 at 12:22 PM

Two Ballad Health hospitals have received a one star out of five stars rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Those hospitals were Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport and Johnson City Medical Center.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) said CMS’ "flawed approach" to star ratings provides an inaccurate, misleading picture of hospital quality.

"That is why a majority of Congress urged CMS to delay the reporting of star ratings, and why the AHA and others have repeatedly urged CMS to suspend the reporting of overall star ratings until the methodology is improved," AHA said on its website. "As constructed, the star ratings fall short of meeting principles that the AHA has embraced for quality report cards and rating systems."

In a statement, Ballad Health agreed with AHA. Our partners at the Kingsport Times News have more.


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