BC Advantage - 2009 Issue 3

Starry Ideas for Long-term Care

Recently CMS released a nursing home rating system aimed at simplifying facility comparisons. This "star" system resembles that familiar from use in the hospitality and entertainment industries.  However, unlike hotels, nursing homes receive their ratings based on 3 key measures and an overall quality rating. State inspections, performance on core quality measures and staffing levels over a three year window make up the basis of this rating.The overall rating is calculated by determining the health inspection rating, adding or subtracting stars based on staffing levels and the addition or subtraction of a star for the quality measures...

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