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Stars aligned for shift

Stars aligned for shift

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The Five Star rating system is about to get retooled, thanks to a scathing report in The New York Times. The only real question is how extensive the changes will be.

Lawmakers demand answers about rating system quirks

Lawmakers demand answers about rating system quirks

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After The New York Times noted that providers are apparently gaming the Five Star rating system by enhancing staffing and quality data, federal lawmakers quickly put an indignant pen to paper.

Verify payroll totals for rankings: letter

Verify payroll totals for rankings: letter

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Federal regulators need to collect nursing home staffing data directly from payroll systems rather than from providers themselves, members of the Congressional Seniors Task Force said in a recent letter to a top healthcare official.

CMS needs to get nursing home staffing information directly from payroll systems, Congressional leaders say

CMS needs to get nursing home staffing information directly from payroll systems, Congressional leaders say

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Federal regulators should start collecting nursing home staffing information directly from payroll systems as soon as possible, members of the Congressional Seniors Task Force said in a letter to a top healthcare official Tuesday.

Five-Star Ratings do not predict quality of life for residents without dementia, survey finds

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The government's Five-Star system for rating nursing homes does not reflect the quality of life experienced by residents with preserved cognition, according to newly published research.

I saw the (nursing home) sign part II: Trouble in Goffstown

I saw the (nursing home) sign part II: Trouble in Goffstown

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A small-town conflict over signage has pitted a New Hampshire nursing home against its neighbors -- and might suggest some larger trends in long-term care.

The star treatment is here to stay

The star treatment is here to stay

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has just rolled out its latest version of Nursing Home Compare. If your facility garnered five stars, you probably love it. If you received one star, you surely hate it.

It's no time for providers to stick their heads in the sand

It's no time for providers to stick their heads in the sand

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Some things I believe and some things I know. And I believe I know there is nothing more important for long-term care providers to do than getting better prepared for an intensified push to decrease rehospitalization rates.

HHS Secretary: Expect tweaks to nursing home rating system

HHS Secretary: Expect tweaks to nursing home rating system

The nation's first nursing home rating system is an important tool for consumers, but changes can be expected, said the country's highest health official on Tuesday. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said criticism about always assigning certain percentages of facilities "excellent" or "failing" grades is "serious" and deserves further consideration.

New Five-Star Quality Rating System previews available Tuesday

Nursing home operators can get a look at their newly updated quality ratings in the federal government database starting Tuesday. Operators can access their facility's individualized report from the Minimum Data Set State Welcome pages on the state servers used for MDS data submission.