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.
Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Federal Agency Activity, Legislation, News, Public Policy, Research
On December 7, the Senate voted 94-5 to approve the 21st Century Cures Act bill. The bill seeks to expedite the process of getting new drugs and medi...
Advocacy, Facts and Figures, Federal Agency Activity, Legislation, Long Term Care Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance Education, News, Public Policy, Regulations
A House subcommittee last week held a hearing on the federal long-term care insurance program, which recently came under fire for significantly higher...
Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Facts and Figures, Falls Prevention, Federal Agency Activity, Managed Risk, News, Research, Risk Management
Falls are the leading cause of injuries among adults age 65 and older and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the latest data,...
Elder Abuse, Facts and Figures, Federal Agency Activity, Hearings, News, Research
The Senate Aging Committee this week held a hearing focusing on the financial abuse of older Americans by guardians and others and concurrently releas...
Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Community Awareness and Education, Federal Agency Activity, Long Term Care Insurance, News
The Administration for Community Living has released an updated Frequently Asked Questions page about the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.