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No Maryland hospital gets five stars under new federal rating system

No Maryland hospital gets five stars under new federal rating system

No Maryland hospital, not even world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital, earned a top score under a new, simplified ranking system for patient satisfaction released Thursday by federal health care authorities. The new system — which assigns one to five stars — is based on patient surveys and aims to make it easier for consumers to digest information, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which publishes the survey information as well as some safety measurements on its Hospital Compare website. "Choosing a hospital can be overwhelming," wrote Dr. Patrick Conway, the agency's chief medical officer, in a blog post. "Hospitals differ...

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