LIST: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid rates East Texas hospitals

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - Hospital Compare, launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and Medicare.gov, has information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals, including over 130 Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers, across the country.

The tool can be used find local hospitals and compare the quality of their care based on their CMS ratings.

HOW ARE THE RATINGS ACHIEVED

The overall rating summarizes up to 57 quality measures on Hospital Compare reflecting common conditions that hospitals treat, such as heart attacks or pneumonia. Hospitals may perform more complex services or procedures not reflected in the measures on Hospital Compare. The overall rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S. 

The overall rating ranges from one to five stars. The more stars, the better a hospital performed on the available quality measures. The most common overall rating is three stars. Star ratings are not calculated for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals.

The methodology uses a statistical model known as a latent variable model. Seven different latent variable models are used to calculate scores for seven groups of measures.

1) Mortality

2) Safety of Care

3) Readmission

4) Patient Experience

5) Effectiveness of Care

6) Timeliness of Care

7) Efficient Use of Medical Imaging

A hospital summary score is then calculated by taking the weighted average of these group scores. If a hospital is missing a measure category or group, the weights are redistributed amongst the qualifying measure categories or groups.

Finally, the overall rating is calculated using the hospital summary score.

Only hospitals that have at least three measures within at least three measure groups or categories, including one outcome group (mortality, safety, or readmission), are eligible for an overall rating. Not all hospitals report all measures. Therefore, some hospitals may not be eligible for an overall rating.

To see all of the possible measures that could be included in the Hospital Compare overall rating, click here.

Information on Hospital Compare:

- Helps you make decisions about where you get your health care

- Encourages hospitals to improve the quality of care they provide 

So, how did the CMS rate East Texas-area medical centers?

East Texas Medical Center (Tyler) - 3 stars

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Hospital (Tyler) - 5 stars

UT Health Northeast (Tyler) - 5 stars

Texas Spine and Joint Hospital (Tyler) - 5 stars

East Texas Medical Center (Henderson) - 3 stars

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center (Longview) - 3 starts

Longview Regional Medical Center (Longview) - 3 stars

East Texas Medical Center (Quitman) - 4 stars

East Texas Medical Center (Jacksonville) - 4 stars

East Texas Medical Center (Athens) - 3 stars

Palestine Regional Medical Center (Palestine) - 3 stars

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center (Marshall) - 4 stars

East Texas Medical Center (Carthage) - 3 stars

East Texas Medical Center (Pittsburg) - 4 stars

Nacogdoches Medical Center (Nacogdoches) - 3 stars

Memorial Hospital (Nacogdoches) - 3 stars

Titus Regional Medical Center (Mount Pleasant) - 3 stars

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital (Sulphur Springs) - 3 stars

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital (Kaufman) - 3 stars

Timberlands Hospital (Crockett) - 3 stars

Freestone Medical Center (Fairfield ) - 3 stars

CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial (Lufkin) - 3 stars

Woodland Heights Medical Center (Lufkin) - 5 stars

"In an emergency, you should go to the nearest hospital," the CMS says. "When you can plan ahead, discuss the information you find here with your health care provider to decide which hospital will best meet your health care needs."


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