Nursing home quality Web site adds rating system

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today added a five-star rating system to its Nursing Home Compare Web site. Facilities receive an overall rating ranging from one to five stars (the highest rating), plus specific ratings for staffing levels, performance on health inspection surveys and outcomes for existing quality of care measures. “Because quality and conditions within a nursing home can change at any time, this system is not intended to be the only tool families use in selecting the right nursing facility for a loved one,” said CMS Acting Administrator Kerry Weems.


(SOURCE: AHA News Now,, December 3, 2008; CMS website release, December 2, 2008)