The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System (EOVAHCS) has announced that it received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This is the first time CMS has included VA facilities in their annual Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings.
The CMS uses five categories – mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, and timely and effective care – to award a quality rating for each hospital. The more stars (out of five), the better a hospital performed on the available quality measures.
Overall, 67% of VA hospitals included in the CMS annual Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings received either four or five stars, compared to only 41% of non-VA hospitals. These findings are the latest in a series of recent evaluations showing the effectiveness of VA health care compared to non-VA health care. VA hospitals outperformed non-VA hospitals on all 10 core patient satisfaction metrics in the recent Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Star Ratings, and a recent systematic review of more than 40 peerreviewed studies found that VA health care is consistently as good as — or better than — non-VA health care.
A small percentage of hospitals across the country receive an overall five-star rating; so, this is a remarkable accomplishment for Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System to have recognized as one of the best Hospital in the country and state of Oklahoma,” said Kimberly Denning, DNP, Executive Director of Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System.
“Our job at VA is to deliver the best possible care to every Veteran who walks through our doors,” said VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. Shereef Elnahal. “While we’re very proud of these findings, there is still work to do. We will study these results, learn from them, and continue to improve until we’re delivering worldclass care to every Veteran, every time.”
For more information, contact Akeam Ashford, Chief of Communication, at akeam. email@example.com or 918-577-3704 or visit https://www.va.gov/ eastern-oklahomahealth-care/.