Aug 15, 2022 Clara Maass Medical Center Receives Four-Star Rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Distinction Across Five Significant Measures of Quality

The Only Hospital Within its Immediate Geographic Area to Receive Four Stars

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services logoBelleville, NJ, August 2022—Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) has received a four-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) based on a variety of measures across five areas of quality, including safety of care, mortality, readmission, patient experience, and timely and effective care.

The CMS star rating is based on how well each U.S. hospital has performed on an identified set of quality measures compared to other hospitals in the nation, with the highest rating of five stars and a national average of three stars. CMS releases its star ratings so that patients have the ability to compare hospitals locally and nationally when choosing where to receive their care.

CMMC was the only hospital in its immediate geographic area to receive four stars and one of only 11 hospitals within a 25-mile radius of Belleville—including hospitals in New York City—to do so, according to CMS, which rated more than 3,000 hospitals nationwide.

CMMC received the highest rating of all the hospitals within the RWJBarnabas Health system, and the CMS star rating puts the hospital on par with major academic medical centers in Manhattan, which also received four stars.

“This accomplishment is an acknowledgement of Clara Maass’ commitment to providing every patient who walks through our doors with safe, effective and high-quality care,” said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Clara Maass Medical Center. “Our entire health care team is dedicated to serving our patients and our community.”

In arriving at the star rating for 2022, CMS measured data ranging from 2018 through 2021. CMMC had high scores for its 30-day mortality rates following a patient’s release from the hospital and following a heart attack, heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

CMMC also scored highly in managing the care of patients who are septic, and in the prevention of a central line bloodstream infection (CLABSI); a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI); and Clostridioides difficile or C. diff infection.