Thomas Hamilton

Officials: More additions and rebasings of nursing home ratings to come

Officials: More additions and rebasings of nursing home ratings to come

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Nearly one-third of the nation's skilled nursing facilities lost a rating star due purely to administrative changes Friday, when regulators also emphasized that more quality measures will be added next year — when another round of Five Star scores rebasing also could take place.

Providers to sound off about CMS survey and certification process

Nursing home operators have a golden opportunity to let federal regulators know their feelings on new healthcare reform provisions that will take effect soon. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is looking for providers' comments on any area that might involve the agency's Survey & Certification group. CMS has asked that at least initial feedback be sent by Wednesday due to the time-sensitive nature of some of the reform measures.