OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center was granted a four-star rating by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the highest in the Illinois Valley region.
Hospitals report data to CMS through the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) programs. This data is inputted into the Star Rating Program, a five-star quality rating system created by CMS, that measures the experiences Medicare beneficiaries have with their health plan and health care system. The overall hospital rating ranges from 1 to 5 stars, with 5 being the highest. The most common overall hospital rating is 3 stars.
“Our Mission Partners take pride in providing safe, high-quality care to the communities we are called to serve,” stated Stacy Neill, Regional Director of Quality for OSF HealthCare. “This four-star rating from CMS proves the quality of care we provide is nationally-recognized to be above average.”
The hospital rating summarizes a variety of measures across 7 areas of quality to create a single star rating for each hospital. The quality metrics include: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging. These ratings may be found on the Medicare Plan Finder at www.medicare.gov.