June 5, 2017 – Hospital ratings correlate with Ca surgery outcomes
Medicare beneficiaries who undergo major urologic cancer surgery at hospitals with higher Hospital Compare Star Ratings introduced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2016 have superior short-term outcomes than patients operated on at hospitals with lower Hospital Compare rating, according to data presented at the AUA annual meeting in Boston.
The finding suggests a potential role for these ratings in guiding choice of hospital for major cancer surgery, said lead investigator Deborah Kaye, MD.
“We were really surprised by these findings. We set out to say basically that these rankings mean nothing but then we had this finding, and we did multiple sensitivity analyses across everything we could possibly think of, and the results still came up that they correlated,” said Dr. Kaye, a urologic oncology fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, working with David C. Miller, MD, MPH, and colleagues.
The best way for patients to determine where to obtain hospital-based care remains a topic of debate in the lay press and the scientific literature. The stated goal for CMS’ Hospital Compare Star Rating System is to help patients make more informed health care decisions.