CMS Rating System

In a new analysis of nursing homes, it’s been alleged that the quality of nursing home care and staffing has actually increased between 2009 and 2011, with most of their star ratings from CMS improving. Some homes saw a lower rating.  The number of one-star ratings has decreased and the number of four and five-star ratings increased. Star ratings are based on iinformation provided by the facility on health inspections, staffing, and quality measures.  Quality scores fluctuated the most within the 3 year study, and staffing scores maintained the most consistency. Check out the complete report with nursing statistics and more information here. This study is only as reliable as the information provided by the facilities.  They have figured out ways to manipulate the numbers and cover up incidents so their ratings increase.

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