Additional Information on the 5 Star Changes

CMS reported last week that beginning on Wednesday, July 27, the new Five-Star data will be available to the public on its Nursing Home Compare (NHC). The ratings reflect the following key changes: 1. The addition of five new QMs; four of the five quality indicators...

Metric #6 – Hypnotics and Sedatives

In the final installment of this blog series, we will examine the most criticized new metric, the Percentage of Long-Stay Resident Who Received an Antianxiety or Hypnotic Medication. The most interesting part of this new quality metric is its vagueness related to what...

Reducing Hospital and Nursing Home Readmissions

In the last blog, we began discussing GrandView Pharmacy’s uniquely designed IMPACT (Integrated Management for Post-Acute Care Transitions) program that is aimed at reducing hospital and nursing home readmissions. After a medication regimen review, optimized protocols...