CMS has announced that they are preparing to make changes to the Nursing Home Compare website this month. Specific changes include:
- Addition of two (2) quality measures for antipsychotic medication use in nursing homes to the Five Star rating system calculations.
- Raising the standard for nursing homes to achieve a high rating on all measures publicly reported in the Quality Measure (QM) dimension on the website
- Adjustment of the algorithm used for calculating staffing ratings to more accurately reflect staffing levels.
CMS discussed these important changes and the impact on the Five Star rating system during the CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum that was held Thursday, February 12, 2015.
Please visit here on the CMS website where you will find more information.