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CMS Improving Nursing Home Compare in April 2019

Posted on Friday, March 8, 2019 5:57 PM

This week, CMS announced changes coming in April to the Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Quality Rating System to improve this tool for consumers.  The Nursing Home Compare website and Five-Star Quality Rating System were created to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes and identify areas they may want to ask about when looking at nursing home care. The updates advance CMS’s goals to improve the accuracy and value of the information found on the site and promote quality improvement in nursing home care with the result of better health outcomes for residents.

“CMS is committed to safeguarding the health and safety of nursing home residents by ensuring they are receiving the highest quality of care possible,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Our updates to Nursing Home Compare reflect more transparent and meaningful information about the quality of care that each nursing home is giving its residents. Our goal is to drive quality improvements across the industry and empower consumers to make decisions, with more confidence, for their loved ones.”

Nursing Home Compare uses a five-star rating system for nursing home, a one-star rating indicates below average while five stars indicates above average quality.  There is one overall rating for the nursing home, and then individual ratings for health inspections, staffing levels and quality measures.

Click here to read the full press release.

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