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CMS Ends Freeze on Nursing Home Five-Star Rating System

[03/13/19]

Posted on March 13, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On March 5, 2019, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group released a memorandum titled “April 2019 Improvements to Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Rating System” (“Memorandum”). In the Memorandum, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced the end of the freeze on health inspection star ratings and added quality... READ MORE

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Five-Star Ratings to Undergo Revisions

[02/12/15]

Posted on February 12, 2015 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

On February 12, CMS hosted an Open Door Forum on the upcoming changes to the Nursing Home Compare Five-Star rating system.  These changes will be effective on February 20th.  Nursing facilities will be able to privately view their revised ratings by mid-morning on Friday, February 13, via their MDS portal login. The updated scoring system may... READ MORE

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CMS Five-Star Rating Report Shows Nursing Home Quality Rising

[08/05/13]

Posted on August 5, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has rated nursing facilities since 2009 for three areas of performance: Health Inspections, Staffing, and Quality Measures. From 2009 through 2011, more than 40% saw an improvement in overall rating, while only around 27% had a most recent rating that was lower than the first.  READ MORE

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Nursing Home Compare Updates Highlight Differences for Anti-Psychotic Use Between MDS 3.0, CASPER

[08/03/12]

Posted on August 3, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

As part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ongoing program to reduce the rate of anti-psychotic use in nursing facilities, the recent changes to the Nursing Home Compare (NHC) website included reports of the usage rates of anti-psychotics in a facility’s score.  However, there is a discrepancy between the methodologies utilized... READ MORE

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