MUSC earns only 2 stars in new rating

The MUSC Board of Trustees met Thursday morning for the first time since passing new “rules of decorum.” The rules prohibit “signage or placards” during board meetings and they require members of the public to sit down in a designated area in the board room. (Brad Nettles/Staff) 2/11/16

The Medical University of South Carolina will receive two out of five stars in an upcoming federal rating. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are expected to release star ratings for all hospitals in April.

Dr. Danielle Scheurer, MUSC’s chief quality officer, said the federal government already informed the hospital of its score and she shared the news with the hospital’s Board of Trustees on Thursday.

The new five-star system considered patient satisfaction surveys and mortality data, among other variables.

MUSC’s 30-day readmission rates and patient safety scores drove the hospital’s two-star rating, Scheurer said. Some of the data used to determine the rating dates back to July 2012. MUSC has improved in these areas since then, she said.

“We will have to manage the public perception of these star ratings,” she told the board.

The federal government released star ratings for hospitals last spring based solely on patient satisfaction surveys. All Charleston-area hospitals earned four stars for patient satisfaction last year except Trident Medical Center, which earned two stars, and Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital, which earned five.

In other business, the MUSC Board of Trustees discussed the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, which will cost an estimated $385 million and should open in late 2019.

The hospital is poised to finalize the federal loan for the project this fall.

The Board of Trustees will meet again at 8 a.m. Friday for an additional meeting in Colcock Hall on the MUSC campus. Protesters associated with a labor rights group are expected to attend.

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