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20 hospitals in state earn top marks : Some criticize government's rating system

Twenty Illinois hospitals have won the federal government's highest rating when it comes to quality -- and 13 have earned its lowest.

The ratings, released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, were delayed by months after the American Hospital Association criticized the system and the government made changes to it.

The system awards hospitals one to five stars based on up to 57 measures, including patient readmissions, patient experience, speed of care, and death

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