Category: Five-star quality rating system

CMS to change 5 star guidelines

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced during an Open Door Forum on Thursday 2/12/15, that it will be rebasing its 5 star quality metrics. CMS confirmed that part of the rebasing will be the addition of two metrics related to antipsychotics. Nursing Home Compare, which is the website that the public can use […]

Study finds that SNFs who score well on quality measures does not prevent deaths or readmissions

A skilled nursing facility that scores well on quality measures is not necessarily reducing residents’ risk of death or readmission within 30 days of arriving from a hospital, according to a study published in the American Medical Association journal JAMA. The investigation determined that with SNFs that score well on facility inspections ratings, Medicare beneficiaries do […]

CMS announces future changes to Nursing Home Compare

In a memorandum released March 18, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes they plan to make to the Nursing Home Compare website on April 23 and July 21. Many of these changes were mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

California SNFs must post 5-star ratings

As of January 1, California nursing homes certified by Medicare or Medicaid are required to post their rating determined by CMS’ Five-Star Quality Rating System.

Notes from the October 28 ODF

During the October 28 SNF Open Door Forum (ODF), CMS provided callers with updated information about the SNF PPS transition, MDS 3.0, survey and certification process, and technical issues with MDS data submission.

How to deal with healthcare ratings

People are reading the Five-Star Quality Ratings. People are talking to each other. And that may be good or bad for you. Want to do something about it? Tell your story and engage your ambassadors.