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Methodist Hospital Earns Five-Star CMS Rating, the Only Hospital in Omaha Named

Published: May 4, 2021

Methodist Hospital in Omaha recently received a five-star Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). It was one of four hospitals in Nebraska and the only one in Omaha to earn the designation. A total of 455 hospitals across the country obtained five stars.

CMS's star rating system, launched in 2016, assigns stars based on 48 measures in five categories: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, and timely and effective care.

“To be in the company of such outstanding hospitals across the country speaks volumes to the hard work being done by the teams at Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital,” said Josie Abboud, president and CEO of Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital. “To be just one of four five-star hospitals in the state of Nebraska is also worth noting. Our focus on these measures has been intentional. We pride ourselves on all but certainly believe we provide an exceptional patient experience and an unmatched level of care.”

The overall star rating summarizes a variety of measures across five areas of quality into a single star rating for each hospital. Once reporting thresholds are met, a hospital’s overall star rating is calculated using only those measures for which data are available.  

In the recent CMS report, Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs and Methodist Fremont Health both received a four-star rating from CMS.

Hospitals report data to CMS through the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program, Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, and Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program. Overall star ratings aren’t calculated for Veterans Health Administration or Department of Defense hospitals.