Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center each have received five stars, the highest possible rating, for hospital quality from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS, as the centers are known, published the latest overall ratings for hospitals nationwide on their Hospital Compare website today.
Only 20 hospitals in Illinois received five stars. The most common rating nationwide is three stars. Less than 7.5 percent of hospitals nationwide received five stars.
“We’re proud to achieve this prestigious distinction recognizing the safe, quality care provided by Rush Copley,” said Barry C. Finn, president and CEO of Rush Copley and executive vice president of the Rush system. “These five stars represent our compassionate employees and physicians who provide advanced medicine with extraordinary care and service to our community.”
“These five-star ratings, and the four-star rating that Rush Oak Park Hospital received from CMS in November, are indications that the Rush system is providing very high quality patient care throughout our hospitals,” said Larry Goodman, MD, the CEO of the Rush system and of Rush University Medical Center. “Our consistency across many measurements of quality reflects the high standards that we set for ourselves and the excellence of the people who work at Rush, in every role.”
Ratings are based on 57 measures of quality of care
CMS (the federal agency that runs the Medicare program) awards an overall rating of one to five stars based on 57 quality measures out of the more than 100 such measures that CMS collects from hospitals and publicly reports on the website. The ratings were developed to help consumers make decisions about where to seek medical treatment and other kinds of care.
The quality measures are evaluations of each hospital’s performance on multiple measures of mortality, safety of care, readmissions, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging. The overall star rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the United States, and is intended to simplify the website’s multiple data points available for patients.
Rush Copley Medical Center outperformed the national average in the measure groups of readmission, safety of care, patient experience and efficient use of medical imaging; and was rated the same as the national average in the other three groups. Rush University Medical Center performed better than the national average in the measure groups of mortality, safety of care and patient experience; and was rated the same as the national average for effectiveness of care and efficient use of medical imaging.
Five star ratings are latest in steady stream of honors for Rush hospitals
The five star ratings are the latest in a consistent stream of honors for Rush Copley Medical Center and the other Rush system hospitals. The Leapfrog Group also has given all three Rush hospitals — Rush University Medical Center, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Copley Medical Center — ‘A’ grades for safety, the highest possible, in Leapfrog’s latest round of its twice-yearly grades. Rush Copley was also recognized as one of Chicago’s most dynamic and supportive local businesses as part of the Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces 2017. Rush Copley has been named to this prestigious list of organizations for the past five consecutive years and is the only healthcare organization in the large employer top 20.
Overall hospital ratings were introduced in July of 2016
CMS only assessed hospitals on the measures for which they submit data, and some of the data applies only to beneficiaries of Medicare, the federal health insurance program for adults age 65 and older and younger people with disabilities, end stage kidney disease and ALS. The measures of patient experience, process of care and hospital-acquired infections are based on data from all insurance/payers, according to CMS.
The ratings do not include more complex or specialized procedures that certain hospitals provide, such as specialized cancer care. About 20 percent of hospitals on the Hospital Compare website did not receive overall star ratings because CMS does not have sufficient data about them to calculate a rating.
CMS introduced the overall rating in July of 2016. Since then, some hospitals and hospital associations have expressed concerns about the measures, such as the ratings not reflecting advanced treatments.