Quality Measures to be Removed from 5-Star Updates Pending MDS 3.0 Data

The individual and overall ratings for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home 5-Star Rating System now are based on the three domains of inspections, staffing, and quality measures. Use of all three domains will change at least temporarily while CMS analyzes the new quality measure data gleaned from the MDS 3.0, implemented on Oct. 1. The last MDS 2.0 quality measure update will be published on the Nursing Home Compare Web site in Jan. 2011. This last update will be based on the last quarter of MDS 2.0 data and it will remain posted until April, 2011. After April, CMS anticipates no public reporting of quality measures on Nursing Home Compare until spring, 2012. Effective April, 2011, the quality measures will not be included in the 5-Star calculation process and facility ratings will be based on the two remaining domains, inspections and staffing.

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