An article in the May 15, edition of Patch (Riverhead Local News), by staff writer, Michael Woyton, was entitled, “Feds Update Nursing Home Ratings: See Long Island’s Grades“. According to the article: “The federal government has given 24 nursing homes on Long Island a five-star rating after tweaking the way it assesses thousands of nursing homes nationwide. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last month revised its inspection process and began providing improved staffing details and new quality metrics. The changes were aimed at providing more transparent and meaningful information about the quality of care that residents receive.”
Woyton wrote that ratings were published by the CMS on April 24, and that nursing homes “with five stars are considered to have above-average quality while those with one star are considered to have below-average quality.” Most notably, “the CMS doled out one-star ratings to over 1,600,” nursing homes, “according to Kaiser Health News.” Woyton continued: “Most were reportedly downgraded because payroll records showed no registered nurse hours for at least four days. Other homes reportedly failed to submit payroll documents or couldn’t be verified.” Reductions in, or ‘missing’, nursing staff coverage, can, of course, potentially represent significant risk to nursing home residents.
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