Thursday, December 18, 2008

Industry Fears New Nursing Home Rating System

Nursing home operators are worried about getting one or two stars under the new five-star rating system (five stars being the highest) for nursing homes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has just introduced the system, which rates homes based on state inspections, staffing levels and quality measures, as well as overall quality, and already the industry is questioning the validity of the rankings. The system "is poorly planned, prematurely implemented and hamhandedly rolled out," said Larry Minnix, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. Federal officials insist the rankings will put nursing homes "on the path to improvement" because they know family members will think twice before putting someone in a one-star home.

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