Nursing Home Star Ratings Change Makes It Tougher To Shine

In this Herald-Tribune article by Barbara Peters Smith it mentions that since the federal government’s popular star ratings for nursing homes have lately been indicating that most have high star ratings, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced some important changes recently, with more in the works. 

They will be raising the bar for what it takes to earn a five-star rating, including the agency will add an important new measure to its quality indicators.

CMS will also adjust its algorithms accordingly that calculate very important facility staffing levels, which many experts consider the most crucial ingredient in residents' wellbeing. In addition, it has a new program of targeted state surveys that will help further refine the rating system.

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