The annual hospital quality star ratings were recently released by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services through their Hospital Compare website. Highlands Medical Center in Scottsboro received a four-star rating out of five, making it one of the highest quality rated hospitals in Northeast Alabama. This is a significant increase from the two-star rating HMC received last year, and a one-star rating the year prior.
Hospital Compare is a consumer-oriented website that provides information on how well hospitals provide recommended care to their patients. This information can help consumers make informed decisions about where to go for health care. Hospital Compare allows consumers to select multiple hospitals and directly compare performance measure information related to heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgery and other conditions.
To access the Hospital Compare website visit www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare.