CMS Delays Release of Hospital Star Ratings Program

Bowing to pressure from the hospital industry and Congress, the Obama administration on Wednesday delayed releasing its new hospital quality rating measure just a day before its planned launch. (NPR)

Public release of the data is now slated for July, the CMS said in an e-mail to hospitals Wednesday. Over the next two months, the agency also plans to host calls with providers to clear up questions about current methodology and get feedback on refining the program. (Modern Healthcare)

Lawmakers sent letters to CMS earlier this month urging the delay of the ratings system. Sixty senators and 225 House members signed on. (Morning Consult)

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