June 19, 2017, John O'Connor, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - The content in the angry letter sounded all-too familiar: "While we continue to be concerned that CMS's methodology is flawed, our concern is amplified by the fact that further analysis performed since the star ratings were first released show that substantive errors were made in executing CMS's chosen methodology."
Ah yes, another nursing home organization taking issue with the Five-Star ratings system, right? Not quite. Actually, the authors were blasting a new ratings system for hospitals. In a 12-page wish list sent to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services boss Seema Verma last week, the American Hospital Association called on regulators to suspend the “deeply flawed” program, which is less than a year old.
It's hard to read the latest missive without getting a sense of déjà vu. After all, parts are eerily similar in tone and substance to correspondence that post-acute care operators were routinely dashing off in 1998. That's when the Nursing Home Compare ratings system made its debut.
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