Article from iAdvance Senior Care

In 1998, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began posting information regarding the quality of care provided by nursing homes on it Nursing Home Compare (NHC) website. The purpose of the NHC website was to assist people in choosing a nursing home. A decade later, in 2008, CMS implemented its Five-Star Quality Rating System to provide additional information that enabled consumers to evaluate a specific nursing home and compare its ratings to other nursing facilities.

CMS rates each of the 15,600 nursing homes that participate in the Medicare program with an overall “star rating” as well as ratings in three discrete categories—health inspections (both annual and complaint surveys), quality measures, and staffing. The star ratings are based on a five-star scale with CMS defining a 1-star rating as “much below average,” a 3-star rating as “average” and a 5-star rating as “much above average.”

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