Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Quality Scores
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families and caregivers evaluate and compare healthcare options. The rating system measures a hospital’s performance when treating a variety of common conditions like heart attacks or pneumonia. The overall rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S.
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Patient Involvement is KeyYou are an integral part of our efforts to provide quality care. Here are a few tips when visiting your doctor or hospital:
Ask your care team about medications, treatments and procedures. No concern is too small. Here are 10 questions to ask your doctor provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:
- What is the test for?
- How many times have you done this procedure?
- When will I get the results?
- Why do I need this treatment?
- Are there any alternatives?
- What are the possible complications?
- Which hospital is best for my needs?
- How do you spell the name of that drug?
- Are there any side effects?
- Will this interact with other medicines I'm taking?
Prepare for Your Appointment
- Ask someone to go to your appointment with you to help you understand and remember answers to your questions.
- Create a health history that includes your current conditions and past surgeries or illnesses. Bring it to your appointment.
- Know your family’s health history, such as your parents’ health conditions.
- Bring all your medicines with you.
Transparency and Communication with Your Care Team
- It’s critically important for patients to speak openly about their health history. This discussion helps your care provider to diagnose you accurately.
- Patients have the right to be informed about the benefits and risks of any treatment.
The Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research is a great resource for patients and their families. Additional resources.