New Hospital Rating Systems Scores Poorly In St. Louis
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
The federal government released a grading system that allows consumers
hospital performance and quality on Wednesday. The one- to five star-rating system has been
long-awaited as well as controversial. Not all hospitals excelled on the
rating system, particularly hospitals in St. Louis that many would expect
to do well. For instance, many hospital leaders of the academic institutions
are frustrated at their low scores even though they provide highly specialized
care. The popular St. Louis’ Barnes-Jewish Hospital only scored
a two-star rating, with five stars being the highest score. St. Louis
University Hospital received only one star.
A spokesperson with Barnes-Jewish Hospital said the system is highly suspect,
and strongly disagree with the methodology that was used to compute the
overall star rating. They claim the oversimplified rating will confuse
The system was developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
to increase hospital transparency and help consumers make better decisions
about their health care choices. However, many critics say it fails to
help consumers pick the best hospital for their medical needs. For instance,
the new rating system does not help patients identify the best cancer
program in the area. The system uses a variety of data collected from
hospitals such as quality measures, hospital-acquired infections and timeliness
of care. According to CMS rating, the closest hospital to St. Louis to
receive a perfect five stars in St. Joseph Hospital in Breese, Illinois.
Many healthcare professionals and leaders in the St. Louis area are frustrated
and demoralized by what they believe to be an unfair rating system.
The rising medical malpractice cases have prompted many consumers to want
more transparency in the healthcare industry. If you have suffered at
the hand a negligent doctor or medical facility in the St. Louis area, please
contact a medical malpractice attorney at Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC.