The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid [CMS] launched this week a new 5-star rating system for nursing homes.   A nursing home can obtain up to five stars based on criteria such as staffing and how well they fare in state inspections.  The lowest ranking possible is one star.

Launch of the system has led to reactions from provider groups who feel that it is too simple to reflect the complexities of caring for the elderly.

In an article in the Washington Post, AAHSA CEO Larry Minnix said “The system is poorly planned, prematurely implemented and hamhandedly rolled out.”    Similar reactions have been heard from provider groups on the state level as well.

CMS however seems to be unfazed and plans to issue similar reports on a quarterly basis.

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