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Saeid Shamsian, MD, has years of experience with several hospitals as a practicing urologic surgeon, a professor, and a vice-chair of urology. A graduate of three medical schools, Dr. Saeid Shamsian maintains a strong interest in all topics related to urology. In addition to malignant and benign disorders of the prostate, kidneys, and bladder, Dr. S. Shamsian also stays current in the Federal CMS’ five-star hospital review system.

The Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Federal CMS) is an agency under the Department of Health and Human Services that administers Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Health Insurance Marketplace in the United States. CMS is charged with a wide range of oversight and quality assurance activities related to the implementation of these programs, and the hospital five-star ratings system is one way the agency helps to promote high-quality care.

First reported in 2015, the agency’s five-star review system for hospitals summarizes quality measures to help patients compare hospitals in an understandable way. Data from 64 quality measures from seven different groups is analyzed to determine a hospital’s star rating. The seven groups include mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging. Hospital star ratings are updated four times a year. As of July 2016, only 102 hospitals had achieved a five-star rating. For additional information on the ratings system, visit www.cms.gov.