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Revamped Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings Implemented in 2021

CMS announced it will update the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings (“Overall Star Ratings”) on Hospital Compare in early 2021 to incorporate enhancements to the existing methodology that hospital stakeholders and others have long-deemed flawed.   In the meantime, CMS intends to use the current methodology to next update the Overall Star Ratings in early 2020. CMS last updated the… (Pahner, 8/19/19) #Hospitals, #Quality, #Transparency

Information Bulletin Outlines Requirements for Exchange Health Plans to Display Star Ratings

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Quality Rating Information Bulletin regarding new requirements for the public display of 2019 quality ratings (or star ratings) of health plans on all Exchanges, beginning plan year (PY) 2020, which starts on November 1, 2019 (fact sheet). As a follow-up to the 2019 Quality Rating System (QRS) and Qualified Health… (Llamas, 8/15/19) #Health Insurance Exchanges, #Qualified Health Plans, #Quality

Agency Seeks Nominations for the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee; Nominations Due Sept. 23

The National Institute of Health (NIH) issued a notice for committee membership nominations for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee. The Committee will be responsible for the following: Developing a summary of advances in pain care research supported by the federal agencies relevant to the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of pain and diseases… (Slifer, 8/15/19) #Prevention, #National Institutes of Health, #Opioids

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