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36% of Skilled Nursing Facilities See Star-Ratings Decline After CMS Changes Take Effect

Posted on Sunday, April 28, 2019 6:38 PM

Last Wednesday, new changes to the CMS’ Nursing Home Compare System resulted in 36% of skilled nursing facilities seeing a decrease in their overall star ratings.  This is according to analyses done by American Health Care Association (AHCA) and Careport.

“About 16% of providers gained at least one star under the ratings overhaul, according to CarePort, while AHCA found about 15% of providers saw a boost. Approximately 47% of skilled nursing facilities had no change in their overall rating, but slightly more lost one or more stars on the quality measure, Martin told SNN.

“Roughly 48% of providers lost one or more stars in the quality domain, and that’s largely driving the decrease in overall stars,” he said.

It’s important to note that care didn’t necessarily get worse just because a facility’s score dropped with the ratings overhaul, Martin noted in comments e-mailed separately to SNN. “

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