Five New Factors Added to Nursing Home Ratings System
Posted on behalf of The Bell Law Firm, PLLC on Jul 15, 2016 in Nursing Home Injury or Death
On July 27, five new quality measures will be added to the Five-Star Quality Ratings system for nursing homes . The new measures should help improve safety and accountability at nursing homes and help families get a more accurate comparison of the quality of care at different nursing homes.
Here are the five measures that will be phased into the Five-Star system:
- Percentage of residents on a short stay - 100 days or less - who had to be sent to an outpatient emergency room
- Percentage of those on a short stay who were discharged and did not return to a hospital or skilled nursing facility within 30 days
- Percentage of those on a short stay who became re-hospitalized for treatment or observation after admission to a skilled nursing facility
- Percentage of those on a short stay who improved locomotion or physical function
- Percentage of residents on a long stay - 101 days or longer - whose ability to move independently declined
The Five-Star system was created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Each nursing home gets a rating from one to five, with five being the highest. Nursing homes get an overall rating and separate ratings for health inspections, staffing and quality measures. You can get more information on the Five-Star Quality Ratings system from the CMS website.
If you are trying to find a high-quality nursing home to send a loved to, use the Nursing Home Compare tool on Medicare.gov.
Comparing nursing homes is so important because you want to find a place where your loved ones will get quality care and will not be mistreated. If your loved ones have been victims of nursing home abuse, contact the nursing home abuse lawyers at The Bell Law Firm. Our trusted attorneys work to hold negligent nursing homes liable if they abuse residents.