Becker’s Hospital Review—a news publication that assembles best practices for healthcare leaders and decision makers—has compiled a list of the best hospitals for nurse communication in each state using Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) data from CMS.

CMS shares 10 HCAHPS star ratings based on publicly reported HCAHPS measures. The nurse communication star rating combines data from three HCAHPS survey questions and summarizes how well patients feel that their nurses explained things clearly, listened carefully to the patient, and treated the patient with courtesy and respect.

The star rating is based on survey data collected from hospital patients from July 2021 through June 2022. The figures are from CMS’ Provider Data Catalog and were released April 26.

“Communication is key when caring for patients,” said Sonda Tolle, Perham Health VP of Patient Services. “We use communication to explain, teach, interact, and to provide support, all to ensure that we provide the very best care to our patients and families. I am very proud of our nursing team to have made this prestigious list.”