2 R.I. hospitals earn top rating from CMS

PROVIDENCE – Newport Hospital and South County Hospital were the only hospitals in Rhode Island to earn a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on its Hospital Compare site in its most recent rating.

The previously biannual rating had not been updated since December 2017. CMS noted earlier in March that it had updated the methodology for the most recent star ratings.

The hospitals were among 283 hospitals in the United States out of 3,725 hospitals to be awarded the top honor.

Two Rhode Island hospitals earned a four-star designation, The Miriam Hospital and Westerly Hospital.

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CMS said the overall hospital rating summarizes a range of measures reflecting common conditions that hospitals treat, such as heart attacks or pneumonia. The ratings system uses more than 100 measures, including 57 metrics from the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program and the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program related to patient experience, safety and quality of care measures.

The average hospital rating in the U.S. was three stars.

CMS also noted that hospitals may perform more-complex services or procedures not reflected in the measures on Hospital Compare. The overall hospital rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S.

Other hospital CMS ratings in Rhode Island:

  • Landmark Medical Center: Three stars
  • Roger Williams Medical Center: Three stars
  • Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island: Three stars
  • Kent County Memorial Hospital: Two stars
  • Our Lady of Fatima Hospital: Two stars
  • Rhode Island Hospital: Two stars
  • CMS did not provide a rating for the Providence VA Medical Center

Bristol County, Mass., hospital ratings:

  • Saint Anne’s Hospital: Three stars
  • Sturdy Memorial Hospital: Two stars
  • Southcoast Hospital Group Inc.: Two stars
  • Morton Hospital: One star

The data for each hospital is available online at the CMS website.