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CMS Needs Milestones and Timelines to Ensure Goals for the Five-Star Quality Rating System are Met

Report
March 1, 2012

This report provides an outline of the development and implementation of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Nursing Home Compare tool. The tool ranks nursing homes on a five-star scale, among other features. The report recommends that the ratings should be improved and updated with new data. It establishes a timeline for CMS to help with the process of improving the star rating system.

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Key Takeaways

The Five-Star System rates nursing homes based on quality.
The staffing measure rating must be updated with new data.
CMS needs better systems to analyze and update quality measures to meet the stated goals of the Five-Star System.
 
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