LeadingAge has updated its popular Five-Star Analysis Reports to include five of the new measures included in the calculation of the Five-Star Quality Rating.
In April 2016, CMS proposed six new quality measures to be included on Nursing Home Compare. The six new quality measures include:
1. Percentage of short-stay residents who were successfully discharged to the community (Claims-based);
2. Percentage of short-stay residents who have had an outpatient emergency department visit (Claims-based);
3. Percentage of short-stay residents who were re-hospitalized after a nursing home admission (Claims-based);
4. Percentage of short-stay residents who Improved Performance in Transfer, Locomotion and Walking (MDS-based);
5. Percentage of long-stay residents whose ability to move independently worsened (MDS-based);
6. Percentage of long-stay residents who received an anti-anxiety or hypnotic medication (MDS-based). This measure will not be incorporated into the 5-star rating system due to concerns about its specificity and appropriate thresholds.
As of August 2016, five of the new quality measures have been included in the calculation of the Five-Star Rating.
CMS is phasing in the new quality measures over two periods. In August 2016, these new measures began being weighted at 50 percent, and in January 2017, these measures will be weighted at 100 percent.
The most recent Five-Star report was sent out to LeadingAge California members in September 2016, and included the updated quality measures in the report. LeadingAge California will be sending out the next report sometime in November 2016, which will be the last report sent out before the new quality measures are weighted at 100 percent.
Also, please note that the 5-Star Technical Users Guide was updated in July 2016 and the first page includes the following summary of changes.