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CMS Expected to Expand 5-Star Rating System to Home Health Firms

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reportedly is creating a five-star performance rating system for hospitals, home health companies and dialysis facilities similar to the grading system currently applied to Medicare Advantage plans and nursing homes. 

For example, there is one overall star rating for each nursing home and a separate rating considering health inspections, staffing and quality measures.

The government body is expected to begin the ratings expansion by the end of this year or early 2015.

The rating system would be published on the Home Health Compare website.

CMS announced in February that its Physician Compare website also would begin including star ratings on some quality measures.

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