Published on March 18, 2019

NMMC-Hamilton Receives Five Stars from CMS

HAMILTON, Ala—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released updated star ratings, and North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton received a five-star rating.

The ratings are a composite metric of one to five stars, with five being the best. They intend to convey the overall quality of nearly 4,000 hospitals in the U.S and are posted to the CMS Hospital Compare site. In grading hospitals on their overall quality, the CMS used 64 measures, such as hospital-acquired infection rates or emergency room wait times, that had already been posted to the Hospital Compare site. It grouped those measures into broader categories, then weighted them. Hospitals had to meet minimum reporting requirements in order to be eligible to receive a star rating.

Only five hospitals in Alabama received five stars.

The rating includes quality measures for routine care that the average patient receives, such as care received when being treated for heart attack and pneumonia, to quality measures that focus on hospital-acquired infections, such as catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Specialized and cutting edge care that certain hospitals provide, such as specialized cancer care, are not reflected in these quality ratings.

“This is a testament to our physicians and clinical support staff and their focus on quality and safety,” said hospital administrator Robert Trimm. “I am proud of our team for their ongoing efforts to consistently provide excellent care here in Hamilton.”

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