CMS Expected To Change Five Star Rating System For LTC Facilities

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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