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Hospital Compare has information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country. You can use Hospital Compare to find hospitals and compare the quality of their care.

The information on Hospital Compare:
•Helps you make decisions about where you get your health care
•Encourages hospitals to improve the quality of care they provide

How the Hospital Compare overall rating is calculated:


The overall hospital quality star rating summarize a variety of measures across 7 areas of quality into a single star rating for each hospital. Once reporting thresholds are met, a hospital's overall quality star rating is calculated using only those measures for which data are available. This may include as few as 9 or as many as 51 measures. The average is about 37 measures. Hospitals report data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services through the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program and the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program. Star ratings aren't calculated for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) or Department of Defense (DoD) hospitals.

The methodology uses a statistical model known as a latent variable model. Seven different latent variable models are used to calculate scores for 7 groups of measures.

1. Mortality
2. Safety of Care
3. Readmission
4. Patient Experience
5. Effectiveness of Care
6. Timeliness of Care
7. Efficient Use of Medical Imaging

A hospital summary score is then calculated by taking the weighted average of these group scores. If a hospital is missing a measure category or group, the weights are redistributed amongst the qualifying measure categories or groups.

Finally, the overall hospital quality star rating is calculated using the hospital summary score.

Only hospitals that have at least 3 measures within at least 3 measure groups or categories, including one outcome group (mortality, safety, or readmission), are eligible for an overall hospital quality star rating. Not all hospitals report all measures. Therefore, some hospitals may not be eligible for an overall quality star rating.

The comprehensive methodology report provides additional detail on the methodology used to calculate the overall hospital quality star rating.

National distribution of overall star ratings


The following table shows the national distribution of the overall star rating based on latest results.

Overall Rating Number of Hospitals(%)
5 stars 407 (8.88%)
4 Stars 1,138 (24.82%)
3 Stars 1,120 (24.42%)
2 Stars 710 (15.48%)
1 Star 228 (4.97%)
N/A 983 (21.43%)

Follow the link below to view the full report for Bradley County Medical Center, which is currently a four-star hospital:
BCMC Hospital Compare Report

BCMC News

BCMC Alters Visitation Policy to Reflect No Patient Left Alone Act


Bradley County Medical Center has made updates to its visitation policy to reflect the No Patient Left Alone that was recently signed into law in Arkansas.

This act states that a patient be allowed one support person who is permitted to be physically present on a daily basis at reasonable times throughout his or her hospitalization. Therefore, each patient may have one support person with them during normal visiting hours. In accordance with this new law, BCMC will allow one support person per patient during normal visiting hours.

Bradley County Medical Center reserves the right to limit or place visitor restrictions in certain situations including, but not limited to, when the presence of visitors would be medically or therapeutically harmful; interfere with the care or rights of any patient; visitors are engaging in violent, disruptive, or threatening behavior; or visitors are noncompliant with BCMC policy.