The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated its star-rating feature on the Hospital Compare website to better enable consumers to conduct side-by-side comparisons of hospitals.

CMS has taken 64 quality measures already being reported on the Hospital Compare site and summarized them into a unified rating system that gives rankings of from one to five stars, the agency announced. But while CMS delayed release of the ratings at the request of hospitals to better understand concerns, the American Hospital Association is not impressed with the final results.

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