It seems the federal government will now apply six new measurements when comparing the quality of care patients receive at nursing homes.
This actually looks like a positive development.
As a result, if you were evaluating potential nursing homes for an elderly loved one, then this "system" could streamline the process.
Simply log onto the Medicare website and surf the Nursing Home Compare system.
There you will find detailed information about nursing homes in your area, to include any penalties assessed.
The five star rating system makes it easy to quickly compare different nursing homes.
Junk in, junk out.
This timely topic was taken up in a recent article by McKnight’s titled “6 new quality measures coming to Nursing Home Compare, Five-Star rating system.”
Here is a listing of the new measurements:
- Percentage of people staying less than 100 days who had an emergency room visit.
- Percentage of short stays who were sent home and not soon thereafter readmitted to another nursing home or hospital and who did not die within 30 days.
- Percentage of short stays who were hospitalized after admission.
- Percentage of short stays whose physical functioning and locomotion improved.
- Percentage of residents of over 100 days whose independent movement got worse.
- Percentage of long stays who were prescribed hypnotic or anti-anxiety medication.
The first five measurements will be phased into the ratings over the next nine months.
Need to act sooner rather than later ... and perhaps prefer an expert to guide you?
If yes and you are in the greater Kansas City area, then contact Senior Care Consulting.
This is an independent service (i.e., not paid a finder's fee by any facilities) that helps seniors and their families locate just the right living arrangements.
Catch owner Steve Kuker (I have known him since 1977) on his talk radio program Senior Care Live at 11 am Saturdays on KMBZ 980AM.
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Reference: McKnight’s (March 4, 2016) “6 new quality measures coming to Nursing Home Compare, Five-Star rating system.”