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The final Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program specifications for the three MDS-based quality measures adopted through the FY 2016 final rule. Data collection on these three measures begins Oct. 1, 2016. NOTE: In February 2017 CMS revised the specifications for the pressure ulcer SNF QRP QM. Those specs are now found in a separate document.
CMS created the Five-Star (5 Star) Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily. The Five-Star Quality Rating System Technical Users' Guide provides in-depth descriptions of the ratings and the methods used to calculate them. Updated January 2017.
The field of long-term care is rapidly and constantly changing, and with it, the role of the director of nursing services (DNS).
This is truer than ever with the recent implementation of the Final Rule (also known as the Mega-Rule), which updated the long-term care facility Conditions of Participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
That is why it’s imperative that DNSs continue to equip themselves with the tools, resources, and education that will help them best adjust to these changes—and lead their staff in adjusting to them as well.
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