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Change in federal guidelines may lower ratings despite level of care

July 23, 2018
by I Advance Senior Care
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For nursing homes, a five-star rating for inspections, quality and staffing is the goal, but a change in the way the government measures the ratings for nursing homes might mean that some have lower ratings for staffing. It doesn't necessarily mean lesser care, according to WCPO Cincinnati.

"There's so many dynamics that go into the overall rating of a nursing home that anyone looking at it in isolation might not give you the information that you really need," Communicare chief compliance officer Fred Stratmann said.

The government is focused on staffing, no longer allowing facilities to report their own staffing levels. The measurements are now based on payroll reports.

"I think the change is good in that we're gonna have a more accurate reflection of what staff is actually available," ProSeniors managing ombudsman Robert Vines said.

Nursing homes must provide 2 and a half hours of direct nursing care per resident per day. Recent national analysis from Kaiser Health shows several local nursing homes don't meet those standards. Clifton Healthcare believes they've found the answer to one of the major obstacles for nursing homes; staff retention.

Read the full story at WCPO Cincinnati.