Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cox Medical Center Branson receives 4 star rating from CMS

Cox Medical Center Branson is ranked in the top quartile of hospitals nationwide, according to CMS' Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings.
When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings this week, Cox Medical Center Branson received four out of five possible stars, ranking Branson in the top quartile of hospitals nationwide. Only 2.2 percent, or 102 hospitals, across the U.S. received five star ratings and only one of which was in the state of Missouri.

“The information released this week confirms something I’ve known,” says Cox Medical Center Branson William Mahoney. “We have an incredible team of care givers in Branson who provide top quality care. On a daily basis, I hear from our patients about the kindness and compassion our staff demonstrates. At the end of the day, these results show that our providers and staff are not only caring and compassionate, but they also have outstanding clinical skills.”

The rating takes into consideration seven categories: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging.

“Since our affiliation with CoxHealth in 2013, we have had the resources necessary to recruit numerous top notch physicians to add to our already great team of providers,” says Mahoney. “Since that time, we have also had the financial resources needed to add new technology essential to provide top quality care in the Branson community. Because of our affiliation, we are able to better fulfill our mission of improving the health of the communities we serve.”

“CMS’ Hospital Compare ( site provides information about the quality of care at more than 4,500 Medicare-certified hospitals in the U.S. and is based on 64 measures to assess the quality of routine care given at these hospitals,” explains Simon Wajnblom, vice president of performance management. “The star rating is designed to be an easy-to-understand system that lets people make informed decisions about their health care.”