April 2019 Five-Star Quality Rating System Technical Guide

Related to its announcement about changes to Nursing Home Compare and the Five Star Quality Rating System coming next month, the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) has released a new Technical Guide. The Design for Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Rating System: Technical Users’ Guide (April 2019) includes details about the changes coming. These include:

  • Health inspection rating returns to pre-February 2018 freeze
  • Staffing rating thresholds are being updated
  • QMs are being added, replaced, removed and thresholds will be continuously increased
  • SFFs will not have any of their ratings displayed on Nursing Home Compare

View full details of the changes in our blog post, “April 2019 Nursing Home Compare & Five Star Changes.” Download the April 2019 Technical Users’ Guide on the CMS.gov website.


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