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AAMC Applauds CMS Decision to Delay Release of Hospital Star Ratings

Washington, D.C., April 20, 2016AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) postponement of the release of the hospital star ratings on the Hospital Compare website:

“The AAMC commends CMS for delaying the release of the hospital star ratings on the Hospital Compare website until at least July 2016. By listening to the concerns expressed by the AAMC and others in the hospital community, CMS will avoid providing patients with misleading information while allowing time to understand the impact of the ratings and address the flaws in the measures and methodology.

We look forward to working with CMS to address outstanding issues with the measures. Teaching hospitals serve the most vulnerable patients—those with low socioeconomic status and difficult to treat conditions—and perform a greater number of complex surgeries. As a result, many of the nation’s leading hospitals—institutions that serve low-income patients with complex conditions—are at risk of being inaccurately rated with one or two stars (out of five).

The nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals are committed to transparency and improving the quality of care for patients. It is crucial that the information provided to patients is accurate, valid, and reliable so that it can help them make important decisions about their health care.”

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The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org.