Certified Legal Nurse Consultant Alert: Changes to the Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Rating System

From: LegalNurse.com

Suzanne Arragg

With changes in the Five-Star Quality Rating System affecting the nursing home industry, the Certified Legal Nurse Consultant must understand how Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) collects and relies on data from various data sources.

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So what does all this mean? Based on an evaluation of the Five-Star Quality Rating System by Abt Associates, between 2009 and 2013 the percentages of facilities receiving a five-star rating more than tripled and the percentage of facilities receiving one star declined. This finding was attributed to the facilities’ “considerable gaming on the rating system.” [Emphasis added]

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