The US government is going to raise the standards that it uses in order to assess 16,000 institutions dealing with nursing care that are listed on the Nursing Home Compare website. The new stricter federal standards are likely to cause the nursing homes in the country experience a decline in their scorecard ranking of quality care in 2015.
Around three in 10 nursing homes across the nation are expected to lose one star in the federal five-star ranking system, which is introduced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), after the program changes and stringent benchmarks for standards are brought.
Everything at the nursing homes, ranging from the number of falls to the staffing levels and painful experiences reported by patients, will be reviewed under the quality ranking program.
The scorecard for this year was expanded in order to include additional categories associated with the use of anti-psychotic drugs for restraining the patients.
The number of points required for earning two or more stars ratings have been increased by the government. Also, the administration has changed the scoring system for the star rating of the staff.
A post guiding the visitors of the official website of the Nursing Home Compare says, “The best comparisons are made by looking at nursing homes within the same state. You should be careful if you are trying to compare a nursing home in one state with a nursing home in another state.”
As the proposed changes are in progress, the government has strongly recommended the consumers visiting on the website to not consider the comparison of a facility’s quality measure ratings in February to those for previous months.
The scorecard system has been lauded by many industry experts as an outstanding initiative that would provide consumers and families with sufficient information and proper guidance on the available nursing home options and their evaluative data.