Changes to Nursing Home Compare in April 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced updates coming next month to Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Quality Rating System including:

  • Lifting the “freeze” on the health inspection star ratings
  • Automatically give one-star staffing ratings to nursing facilities that have four or more days per quarter with no registered nurse (RN) on site, down from the current threshold of seven or more.
  • Establishing separate quality ratings for short-stay and long-stay residents and revising the rating thresholds to better identify the differences in quality among nursing homes making it easier for consumers to find the right information needed to make decisions.

Read on for more information or visit the CMS Nursing Home Compare site.

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