28 Oct UPDATE: MEDICARE FIVE STAR RATING SYSTEM ANNOUNCES IMPROVEMENTS TO BE MADE
The White House has announced additional measures to improve the Five Star rating system of Medicare. In last month’s issue of the Texas Elder Law E-letter, we reported about some of the flaws of the current system including certain facilities increasing staff before inspections, etc. to bolster its Medicare rating. https://dallaselderlawyer.com/medicare-nursing-home-rating-system-flawed/
As a result, consumers may sometimes be mislead on the true quality of a facility. The White House has just announced that the government will now rate facilities’ use of antipsychotics, re-hospitalizations and staff turnover. The law mandates more electronic data sharing. There has been an encouragement for vendors to work with technology vendors and pharmacies before a November 1, 2014 deadline for new e-prescribing requirements.
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