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Your future ratings rest in residents' hands

Your future ratings rest in residents' hands

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Any news story that heralds a something as the "next frontier" in healthcare is probably worth clicking on, right?

Report leads to question whether CMS has raised the quality bar too high

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More than one-third of the nation's 15,500-plus nursing homes now bear the stigma of poor quality as a result of a tough new star ratings system implemented in February by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and posted on its Nursing Home Compare website.

Online forum will explain new home health rating system

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A special one-hour, web-based open door forum will be held May 7 to explain to providers the new set of star ratings for the Home Health Compare website, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced.

Yet another report takes aim at nursing home staffing levels

Yet another report takes aim at nursing home staffing levels

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Seems like it is was only a few weeks ago that the New York Times was blasting the nursing home industry for playing fast and loose with staffing numbers. Now comes a state-by-state report card that essentially says chronic understaffing is undermining care.

Playing hardball with recidivists or taking good nursing homes out of the game?

Playing hardball with recidivists or taking good nursing homes out of the game?

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Even if you're not a baseball fan, you're probably familiar with the notion of three strikes and you're out. If a lawmaker has his way, it's an approach that might be soon get applied to troubled facilities — and perhaps to other nursing homes as well.

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.

Troubling steps ahead for Nursing Home Compare?

Troubling steps ahead for Nursing Home Compare?

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A newly announced plan to mine data from Medicare Advantage plans might give many operators an unexpected spine shiver.

CMS to freeze providers' Five-Star ratings; agency announces more info heading to Nursing Home Compare website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is gearing up to make changes to its Nursing Home Compare website over the next few months, the agency has noted.

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.

Fitch Ratings: Negative outlook for continuing care retirement communities

The continuing care retirement community sector is facing a negative outlook over the next 12 to 24 months, according to the newly released CCRC Median Ratios report from Fitch Ratings. Fitch will hold a conference call at 11a.m. EST this morning to discuss the findings.