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Letter from the Editor, #777

CMS just rolled out the new five-star ratings for hospitals and the results are less than stunning. Out of 3,500 hospitals, twice as many hospitals received one or two stars as those receiving five stars. The new ratings are part of a broader initiative by the federal agency to use a five-star rating system across all of its web pages intended to help consumers compare the quality of healthcare providers. Hospitals had a chance to preview the ratings last fall and many have already expressed concern. They question the methodology and whether the ratings reflect "meaningful reflections of performance." They also say trying to boil down a hospital’s performance to a single score may oversimplify the information that is most relevant to consumers. These ratings affect hospital income and Medicare billing rates, and so you can imagine why there is such concern among these hospitals.

Now that the weather is warming up, many of our patients and colleagues will be increasing their physical activity, for weight loss and improved blood pressure and glucose, and they all want to maximize their activity. This week, Sheri Colberg, PhD discusses the differences between the three distinct energy systems to supply muscles with ATP to help you maximize results in Exercise Energy Systems: A Primer

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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief