CMS awards U-M Health prestigious five-star quality rating

August 3, 2022  //  FOUND IN: News

U-M Health received the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)’ highest possible quality designation — a five-star ranking — in the agency’s most recent release of its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings.

The CMS star ratings, publicly available on the Hospital Compare website, provide patients and families with information about the quality of hospitals and care facilities in their area.

Of hospitals evaluated in Michigan, only 18 received the prestigious five-star ranking. Chelsea Hospital, a joint venture between U-M Health and Trinity Health, also joined the list of five-star hospitals.

U-M Health has received the five-star designation every year since 2019.

“U-M Health is a unique provider in the state of Michigan, we see patients from all parts of the state, many who are critically ill or have complex diseases and multiple chronic illnesses,” said Jeffrey Desmond, M.D., chief medical officer of Michigan Medicine. “I am especially proud of our teams that we consistently achieve a CMS five-star rating with such a complex patient population.”  

The CMS’s star ratings system evaluates hospitals on multiple quality measures representing five key domains of health care performance: 

  • Mortality
  • Safety of care
  • Readmission
  • Patient experience
  • Timely and effective care

The CMS five-star designation is among many quality distinctions Michigan Medicine has celebrated this year, including being ranked best in Michigan and 17th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its “Best Hospitals” rankings for 2022-2023. This prestigious honor measures excellence in patient care.

U-M Health was also given the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll distinction for the seventh consecutive year. This makes the organization one of only a few U.S. hospitals, and the only one in Michigan, that delivers the highest quality of care across a variety of specialties, as well as varying procedures and conditions.

The organization had three medical specialties ranked in the nation’s top 10, and five medical specialties ranked in the nation’s top 20.

Last month, Michigan Medicine also received USNWR recognition for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, which has the most ranked specialties of any children’s hospital in the state. In addition to earning the No.1 ranking in Michigan, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s pediatric cardiology and heart surgery program places in the national top 10.

“The CMS five-star rating is another point of pride for our entire U-M Health community,” said David Miller, M.D., M.P.H., president of U-M Health and executive vice dean for clinical affairs for the U-M Medical School.

“In the most challenging of times, our teams continue our relentless focus on providing the safest and highest quality care for our patients and our communities.”

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For detailed data about the safety and quality of care at U-M, far beyond what is available from rating agencies, visit