Thursday, March 28, 2019

AHCA Webinar on Five-Star Changes in April

AHCA will host a webinar on Monday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern on the new CMS Five-Star Rating System changes that will be published on Nursing Home Compare in late April. 

As a reminder, on March 5, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memorandum, "April 2019 Improvements to Nursing Home Compare and the Five Star Rating System," announcing several updates to all three components of the system—survey, staffing and quality measures—that will cause your star ratings to change. A detailed AHCA member summary can be found here and the updated Technical Users' Guide here.
Highlights of the changes are:
  • CMS will end the survey freeze on the health inspection domain of Five Star and will resume the traditional method of calculating the health inspection scores by using three cycles of inspections.
  • Nursing Home Compare will begin to report separate ratings for short-stay quality measures and long-stay quality measures. With the introduction of these separate ratings, the thresholds for quality measures will increase every six months.
  • Additionally, two measures are being added to the quality measure domain, which include long-stay hospitalization and long-stay Emergency Department (ED) visits. The long-stay physical restraints measure will be removed from the quality measure rating. The short-stay pressure ulcer and short-stay discharge community measures currently used will be replaced with their analogous Quality Reporting Program (QRP) measures.
  • CMS will be adjusting the thresholds for overall staffing ratings, which will provide a greater emphasis on RN staffing.
  • CMS will give a one-star staffing rating to those facilities that report four or more days without an RN in a quarter.

Please join us to learn more about these important updates and how the changes will impact your ratings.

Webinar Details

Title: The Stars are Changing - What Will Happen to Your Five-Star Rating?

Date: Monday, April 8, 2019

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Eastern

Speakers: Dr. David Gifford, AHCA SVP of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, and Kiran Sreenivas, MS CPHQ, AHCA Research Director

Webinar Link:

Please plan to join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time by clicking here.

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