Article by Marty Stempniak, www.mcknights.com

The federal government is further tightening the screws on regulation of nursing home staffing and quality, with a big shakeup starting as soon as next month.

Changes coming down the pipeline in April will include revisions to the nursing home inspection process, adding new quality measures to its ratings system, and further enhancing details about facilities’ staffing numbers. On the latter, officials say they’re dropping the number of days SNFs can go without an RN before they’re bumped down to a one-star rating.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services first announced the slew of modifications that it’s making to both Nursing Home Compare and the field’s Five-Star Quality Rating System on Tuesday. Agency officials said their primary aim is to promote quality improvement among SNFs and improve outcomes for residents, according to an announcement.

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