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U.S. News Announces Changes to Nursing Home Ratings

McKnight’s Long-Term Care News writes U.S. News and World Report has announced changes to its nursing home ratings, adding a new short-stay rehab rating, which it hopes will be relevant to both operators and consumers. U.S. News also said it will put much greater emphasis on staffing levels and quality, a move that coincides with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ recent change from self-reported staffing data to payroll-based staffing data.  U.S. News said that during the 2018-2019 span, it will no longer use CMS’ overall star ratings as the basis for calculating its own overall ratings, as it had in the past. Like the CMS ratings, however, staffing, inspections and quality will contribute to the numbers.

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