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CMS Announces Changes to SNF Five-Star Rating Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced changes to the five-star quality rating system for skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) on the Nursing Home Compare website. The changes are aimed at providing more precise and meaningful quality information.

Effective Feb. 20, the SNF star rating will:

  • Include use of antipsychotics in its calculation;
  • Have improved calculations for staffing levels; and
  • Reflect higher standards for nursing homes to achieve high ratings on the quality measure dimension.

CMS estimates that, because the standards for performance on quality measures are increasing, approximately two-thirds of SNFs will see a decline in their quality measures rating and about one-third will experience a decline in their overall five-star rating. Additional information is available on the CMS website.