2015 Changes in Nursing Home Oversight and Consumer Reporting

October 10, 2014    |   By: Calevir

Beginning in 2015, CMS will implement the following improvements to the Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Rating System:

  • Beginning in January, focused survey inspections for a sample of nursing homes improve verification of staffing and quality measure information that is part of the Five-Star Quality Rating System.
  • Implementing a quarterly electronic reporting system to audit payrolls to verify staffing information to improve accuracy and timeliness of data, and allow for the calculation of quality measures for staff turnover, retention, types of staffing, and staffing levels.
  • Increasing the number and type of quality measures used in the Five-Star Quality Rating System.
  • Strengthening requirements for states to maintain user-friendly websites and complete inspections of nursing homes in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Improving the scoring methodology for calculation of facility quality measure ratings that are used for the Five-Star rating.

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