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five star rating

A term borrowed from the lay argot referring to anything that is regarded as being of the highest possible quality, based on a five-star system of rating. This can lead to confusion in the UK, as the NHS once rated its trusts on a 3-star system from 0 (i.e., very bad) to 3 (very good), based on various objective parameters.
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According to the research firm, a 5 Star Rating indicates an "excellent product with a comprehensive range of features and benefits".
Cardiac -- 5 Star Rating for Care of Congestive Heart Failure -- Orthopedics -- 5 Star Rating for Total Knee Replacements -- 5 Star Rating for Partial Hip Replacements -- Critical Care -- 5 Star Rating for Care of Sepsis -- Pulmonary -- 5 Star Rating for CAP (Community Acquired Pneumonia) & 2007 Recipient of the Pulmonary Excellence Award -- Among the Top 10 percent in the Nation for Pulmonary Care -- Stroke -- 2007 Recipient of Stroke Care Excellence Award(TM) -- Among the Top 5 percent in the Nation for Care of Stroke -- 5 Star Rating for Stroke Care -- GI -- 5 Star Rating for GI Surgery and Procedures -- 5 Star Rating for GI Bleed -- Among the Top 10 percent in the Nation for Overall GI care -- Women's Health -- 5 Star Rating for Women's Health
Plans with the highest combination of investment performance and expense containment scores received 4 and 5 star ratings.