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New five-star ratings now live on Nursing Home Compare

Doug Beardsley
By Doug Beardsley  |  April 26, 2019  |  SNF/NF providers

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) sent an email update to membership on the status of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) five-star changes:

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published new Five-Star rankings on its Nursing Home Compare (NHC) website that reflect several significant updates to all three components of the system - survey, staffing and quality. A summary of the changes can be found here.

On April 8, AHCA hosted a webinar that walked through these new changes. Members can access the recorded webinar and the following resources on the Five-Star ahcancalED website here
  • Q&As from the AHCA Five-Star Webinar 
  • Member toolkit containing the following items:
    • Suggested talking points
    • Template media statement 
    • Template letter to families 
    • Sample letter to payors/referral sources
  • Five-Star Technical Users' Guide
  • CMS QSO Memo

State Affiliates can download suggested talking points here.

In addition, AHCA has several tools to help members continue to improve. AHCA/NCAL's LTC Trend Tracker here is a one-stop-shop that allows members to gain timely information and valuable insight about their own performance as well as the entire profession's, including reports that capture Five-Star and Quality Measure (QM) rates. 

For any additional questions on the new Five-Star ratings, please email AHCA.

Doug Beardsley  |  Vice President of Member Services  |  |  952-851-2489


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