Significant Changes to the Five-Star Rating System
Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes to the Five-Star Quality Rating System that took effect February 20, 2015. These modifications will impact a number of skilled nursing facilities’ ratings that could potentially result in the loss of one to two stars.
The changes will impact how CMS assigns stars for both the Staffing and Quality Measure components, which could affect a facility’s Overall rating. In addition, CMS will also add two new measures to the Quality Measure component: the short-stay antipsychotic measure and the long-stay antipsychotic measure that CMS has been using on Nursing Home Compare for the past several years.
You can find an in-depth look at the changes by visiting CMS’s website and checking out a case study on the rating system in the Assurance Library. If you’re concerned how this affects your facility, contact an Assurance member to learn more.
Tips for Five-Star Data:
- Check your preview data on QIES system
- Utilize five star resources including AHCA, 2015 User Guide and Assurance Healthcare Safety Advocates
- Proactively communicate about your changes to: residents, families, staff, hospitals, home health and discharge planners
Still have questions? Attend our upcoming Assurance University webinar and understand how to use these components to identify the associated risk for your residents and facility.
- 5-Star Rating System Webinar
- Five-Star Rating System Case Study
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