Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) has received a five-star overall hospital quality rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the highest rating a hospital can achieve.

Just 13% of the 3,093 hospitals in the country have a five-star overall rating on the Care Compare website which was updated by CMS on July 27.

“This is the first time WMMC has received a five-star overall rating from CMS, so this is an exciting achievement,” said Darinda Dick, President/CEO of WMMC. “This is a testament to the hard work of our staff and their commitment to our patients. We are honored and excited to celebrate this achievement!"

CMS’s star rating system, which began in July 2016, is updated annually. The 2022 Overall Star Rating is based on 47 quality measures CMS reports on publicly. These measures are divided into five measure groups: Mortality, Safety of Care, Readmission, Patient Experience, and Timely & Effective Care. This rating system shows how well each hospital performs compared to other hospitals. By achieving a five-star rating, WMMC met or exceeded the national benchmark in all five categories.

According to CMS, the purpose of the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating is to summarize quality measure information reported on the Care Compare website in a way that is accessible and easy to understand for patients and consumers..

Each hospital has a star rating that ranges from one to five stars, with five stars signifying the highest quality. Anyone can go to medicare.gov/care-compare and search for a specific hospital by name, zip code, or town/state and then compare quality and patient perception ratings of up to three hospitals at a time.

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