MARCH 2016 – New quality measures for skilled nursing facilities will be introduced in the coming months, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said during an Open Door Forum call for providers.

Data for six new quality measures — some based on Medicare claims, others on MDS data — will be added to Nursing Home Compare beginning in April. The new measures, bound to make providers’ jobs more complicated, are:

1. Percentage of short-stay residents who were successfully discharged to the community.

2. Percentage of short-stay (stays of less than or equal to 100 days) residents who have had an outpatient emergency department visit.

3. Percentage of short-stay residents who were re-hospitalized after a nursing home admission.

4. Percentage of short-stay residents who made improvements in function.

5. Percentage of long-stay residents whose ability to move independently worsened.

6. Percentage of long-stay residents who received an anti-anxiety or hypnotic medication.

GrandView has multiple programs already in place and thriving in other communities that address these specific “Star Rating” metrics.