According to industry sources, CMS is expected to unveil major changes to Nursing Home Compare today that could cause long-term facilities to lose rating stars. Sources believe CMS is changing the overall cut-off points related to achieving certain star levels. 15% of facilities could lose one or two stars virtually overnight if 11 new quality measures go into effect under the new system. So far, CMS has declined to comment. There is a Skilled Nursing Open Door Forum, where the matter is expected to be discussed, starting at 2 p.m. ET today.
In addition to the changes in the ratings system, CMS will add measures for short-stay and long-stay antipsychotic use to the ratings matrix. CMS Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, M.D., confirmed last year that the Five Star system would start including antipsychotics measures in 2015.
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