Researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health found that the increased use of composite ratings, such as the Five-Star Quality Rating System, leads more people to use the system to compare and choose better-suited providers.
The day after Thanksgiving, CMS further defined its intensions with the Five-Star Quality Rating System; more specifically how the new survey process and derivative data will be used in its calculation of the Health Inspection domain. Here’s what that means — and doesn’t mean.
The Nursing Home Compare website is suffering from “considerable” knowledge gaps that may make it harder for consumers to make informed decisions about their post-acute care, according to some experts.
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.
Journalists generally get all warm and tingly when previously guarded information becomes available. It must be in our DNA. So I should probably be cheering ProPublica’s announcement that the government is now releasing unredacted write-ups of problems found during nursing home inspections.