Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Celebrates CMS Five-Star Rating
In April of 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) changed its quality rating system to be based on one through five stars. Maine Coast Memorial Hospital received a five-star rating for the most recent period of measures, which were released on December 20, 2016. Maine Coast Memorial Hospital was one of only 112 hospitals in the United States to earn a five-star overall hospital quality rating, and the only hospital in the state of Maine to reach this benchmark for the period.
In 2015, CMS started providing star ratings to help consumers compare hospitals more easily. The rating is based on reported data around 64 quality measures from seven categories including safety of care, readmissions, and effectiveness of care. Because of the complexity involved in measuring quality for healthcare, the results can be complicated for consumers to understand, the five-star rating system summarizes the complex information already available (on the CMS public website) into a single measurement.
All hospitals are constantly looking for ways to improve quality and safety, the CMS measures help hospitals target areas of focus to effectively improve care. To learn more visit https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare
About Maine Coast Memorial Hospital
Located in Ellsworth, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is a member of EMHS, and a 64-bed, full-service hospital serving Hancock and western Washington Counties. Established in 1956, the Maine Coast comprehensive healthcare facility provides emergency, primary and specialty care, acute inpatient, diagnostic, and surgical services. Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, reflecting our commitment to meeting the highest performance standards for patient safety and quality. Maine Coast has earned both national and state recognition for patient safety, outcomes, and patient satisfaction levels. More information can be found at www.mcmhospital.org.
EMHS is an integrated health delivery system serving the state of Maine with nine acute-care, medical-surgical hospitals, a freestanding psychiatric hospital, primary and specialty care physician practices, long-term care and home health and hospice, and ground and air emergency transport services.