CHANGES TO CMS FIVE-STAR QUALITY RATING SYSTEM ARE CONFUSING,
SAYS LOUISIANA NURSING HOME ASSOCIATION
Despite Statewide Quality Improvements, 35
Percent of Skilled Nursing Facilities in Louisiana Will Receive Lower Star
(Baton Rouge – February 20, 2015) Reacting
to Friday’s announcement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(CMS) regarding changes to the Five-Star Quality Rating System used to evaluate
skilled nursing facilities, Joseph Donchess, executive director of Louisiana
Nursing Home Association called the new grading structure confusing for consumers.
"Changes to the
CMS Five-Star Quality Rating System will result in an estimated 35 percent of
all skilled nursing facilities in our state losing one or two stars in their
ratings — making it appear as though they got worse overnight,” said Donchess.
"Nothing has changed in the quality of care these facilities provide.”
explained that consumers use the Five-Star Quality Ratings and other
information provided by CMS on the Nursing Home Compare website as a resource
to help them make decisions about skilled nursing facilities and where to place
a loved one.
that quality among skilled nursing facilities has been steadily improving. "As
a group, long term and post-acute care providers in Louisiana have improved on
nearly every clinical outcome and quality measure calculated and reported by
CMS. But the new rating system does not reflect these improvements,” he said.
"Rebasing the Five-Star system sends the wrong message that quality in our
skilled nursing facilities is on the decline when just the opposite is the
should not rely on CMS Five-Star ratings as the only resource for making
decisions about skilled nursing care,” said Donchess. "An in-person visit to
facilities being considered– including discussion with staff and other family
members – is always the best approach.”
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ABOUT THE CMS FIVE-STAR QUALITY RATING
The Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created the Five-Star Quality Rating
System in 2008 to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare
skilled nursing facilities more easily and to help identify areas about which
they may want to ask questions.
rating system gives each skilled nursing facility a rating of between one and
five stars. Facilities with five stars are considered to have much above
average quality, and facilities with one star are considered to have quality
below average. There is one Overall Five-Star rating for each skilled nursing
facility, and a separate rating for each of the following three sources of
information: Health Inspections, Staffing, and Quality Measures.
Nursing Home Association is a non-profit federation representing more than 250
non-profit and for-profit nursing facilities and assisted living communities
thatcare for approximately 30,000 elderly and disabled individuals each
day.For more information on LNHA, visit our website at www.lnha.org.