CMS postponed the release of the new overall quality star rating for U.S. hospitals one day before the scheduled April 21 release, bowing to pressure from lawmakers and industry stakeholders. The delay results from controversy about the ratings methodology used and the potential to mislead consumers.
In a notice to Congress following the decision, CMS said it would delay the release of the star ratings on its Hospital Compare website until July or possibly later if the methodology is still undergoing analysis or revision, National Public Radio (NPR) reported.
"CMS is committed to working with hospitals and associations to provide further guidance about star ratings," the notice said. "After the star ratings go live in their first iteration, we will refine and improve the site as we work together and gain experience."
Of the 3,600 U.S. hospitals reviewed earlier this year, only 87...