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Nursing Home Ratings System Will Add Five New Measurements


Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jul 19, 2016 in Nursing Home Abuse

walking at nursing homeThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will add five metrics to its nursing home ratings system on July 27. The new metrics will give families more information about the quality of care they can expect their loved ones to receive at various nursing homes. The metrics could also help make nursing homes safer and more accountable for the level of care they provide.

The five new measurements that will be added to the Five-Star Quality Ratings system include:

  • Percentage of residents on short stays of 100 days or less who spent time in an outpatient emergency room
  • Percentage of short-stay residents who saw increased physical function
  • Percentage of short-stay residents who were successfully discharged and were not readmitted to a nursing facility or hospital in a 30-day period
  • Percentage of residents staying 101 days or longer who saw a decline in the ability to move independently
  • Percentage of those staying 100 days or less who had to return to a hospital after entering a skilled nursing facility

The Five-Star system ranks nursing homes on a scale from one to five, with one being the lowest rating and five being the highest. Nursing homes are also rated for the quality of their staff, health inspections, and how well they are handling the physical and clinical needs of residents.

You can find more information about the Five-Star Quality Ratings system from the CMS website, and you can compare nursing homes with Medicare.gov's Nursing Home Compare.

Even with all of the oversight of nursing homes, nursing home abuse is a growing problem. If your elderly loved ones are victims of nursing home abuse, contact the nursing home abuse lawyers at D'Amico & Pettinicchi. Our skilled attorneys have years of experience bringing negligent nursing homes to justice.

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