Long-Term Care

Seeing stars: Who's looking at your SNF's star rating?

PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, May 1, 2009

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When CMS unveiled the Five-Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes in December 2008, the agency said the ratings were intended to give consumers meaningful, easy-to-understand information about nursing home quality. However, consumers aren?t the only ones looking at nursing homes? star ratings. Under the five-star rating system, SNFs? ability to get loans or obtain certificates of need could be affected by their star ratings. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), an important lender for nursing facilities, is now using star ratings as a component of its risk assessment of nursing facilities, says Lyn Bentley, MSW, director of regulatory services at the American Health Care Association (AHCA). The association is concerned about HUD?s use of the star ratings and has contacted CMS, Bentley says.

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