In August 2016, when South County Hospital received 5-Stars for Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), it was one of 112 hospitals in the country to receive the top rating.
After critics questioned the measurement criteria, the CMS updated the formula used in its Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating program. In December 2016, the CMS released its new results, with South County Hospital now one of only 83 hospitals in the country to receive the highest possible rating of 5-Stars, and still the only hospital in RI to earn the top score.
The clinical areas that South County Health did best in were safety of care, readmission, and patient experience, three areas of significant importance, while still achieving high grades in the other areas of healthcare.
The CMS Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating was created by Medicare to simplify complex criteria that measures healthcare quality so that healthcare consumers can make informed decisions. While the field of high-quality healthcare systems may have narrowed, South County Health still remains among the top in the country.