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2017 AHCA Provider Lounge Series: Quality in a Data-Driven World

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Tue, Dec 19, 2017

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


Interview with Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA

Kris Mastrangelo, President of Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) interviews Mark Parkinson, President of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), in the 2017 AHCA Provider Lounge. Governor Parkinson assures providers that despite the new regulations and census issues facing providers this year, there is light at the end of the tunnel.   (Audio transcription below).

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Topics: Quality Measures, Five-Star

Health Inspection: Five Star Impact

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Tue, Oct 17, 2017

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


The Health Inspection Star Rating is calculated using the results of the last 3 years of onsite inspections and includes both standard surveys and any complaint surveys.  The most recent survey findings are weighted more than the prior two years.  Points are assigned to individual health deficiencies per their scope and severity. CMS assigns more points to facilities with deficiencies of greater scope or severity and recent surveys are weighted more heavily. 

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Topics: Five-Star, Survey

AHCA Provider Lounge Series: Recruiting and Retaining Caregivers

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Tue, Mar 28, 2017

Interview with Brendan Williams, President - New Hampshire Health Care Association

Kris Mastrangelo, President of Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) interviews Brendan Williams, President and CEO of the New Hampshire Healthcare Association (NHHCA), in the AHCA Provider Lounge.  Brendan discusses the staff crisis facing skilled nursing homes.  Not only does Brendan strive to make caregiving an attractive profession to the current generation, he argues that "we can't have people getting poor for taking care of the poor."  (Audio transcription below).

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Topics: Staffing, Five-Star, Quality Measures

"Sweet 16": Quality Measures and Your Five-Star

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Fri, Sep 16, 2016

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency



Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) has created a numbering system for the “Sweet 16” Quality Measures.

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Topics: Quality Measures, Five-Star

Five-Star ALERT: Sweet 16 Quality Measures Not So Sweet

Posted by Keri Hart & Christine Twombly on Tue, Aug 09, 2016

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


The Five-Star system has been updated (July 2016) to include 5 new measures in the calculation of the Quality Measure portion of Five-Star. A Five-Star Preview Report is available to facilities through the CASPER reporting system. The new reports now include point assignments for each of the 16 Quality Measures that calculate into a facility Five-Star Rating. The initial release of the Five-Star Preview Report contained errors in calculation. 

Specifically, the cut points for star assignments for the claims based measures were incorrect

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Topics: Five-Star, Quality Measures

SNFs Beware:  Your Five-Star Rating May Be Impacted on July 27th

Posted by The Harmony Team on Thu, Jul 21, 2016

Just days before the July 27th public premiere of the new Five-Star Ratings on Nursing Home Compare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finally released the long awaited Five-Star Technical User's Guide.  The Quality Measure (QM) component of the Five-Star Rating System will now include data from the five new QMs released last April. This manual details the technical aspects of the calculations of the Five-Star that will impact your facilities Five-Star rating. 

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Topics: Five-Star, Quality Measures

Top 5 Tips to Best Manage Your Quality Measures (QM)

Posted by Beckie Dow on Tue, May 10, 2016

 

By the year 2018, Quality Measures will determine how skilled nursing facilities are compensated based on, in part, public perception and customer feedback on the quality of services provided at the facility.  Numerous impending changes in the Five Star Quality Rating System are scheduled to take effect in July 2016.  Nursing Homes must focus their attention on the accuracy and aberrances depicted in the public reporting system (Nursing Home Compare) while simultaneously evaluating what elements require fine tuning.   A top priority is ensuring that the reporting system is a veritable reflection of the facility's class of care.  Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) offers the following tips to jumpstart an initiative that will be an invaluable refinement process used at your facility over the next decade.....if not longer.  Practical application of these nuggets will contour the path for seamless interplay amongst the interdisciplinary team and ultimately the patient.

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Topics: Quality Measures, Five-Star

SNF Alert: Five-Star Preview Reports are Available Today

Posted by Joyce Sadewicz on Wed, Apr 20, 2016

The Five-Star Preview Reports are available today, April 20, 2016.  Facilities will be able to review their Five-Star Reports prior to the information being published on the CMS Nursing Home Compare website.    

To access your report, select the CASPER Reporting link located on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers page.  Once you are in the CASPER Reporting system, select the "Folders" button and access the Five Star Report in your "st LTC facid" folder where the st is the 2 character postal code of the state in which your facility is located, e.g., Massachusetts is represented by "MA".  The "facid" is the state assigned Facility ID of your facility. 

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Topics: Five-Star, Quality Measures

NQF Board Endorses New Quality Measures

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Tue, Mar 08, 2011

 

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Topics: MDS 3.0, Five-Star

CMS 5 Star Rating Quality Measures and Quality Indicators

Posted by Elisa Bovee on Wed, Jun 02, 2010

CMS 5 Star Quality Rating
Quality Measures / Quality Indicators
 
The 5 Star Quality Rating System was created to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions.  The 5 star rating system is based on continued efforts as a result of the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA '87), a nursing home reform law, and more recent quality improvement campaigns such as the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes, a coalition of consumers, health care providers, and nursing home professionals.
 
Nursing home 5 star ratings are taken from the following three sources of data:

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Topics: CMS, Five-Star, Quality Measures

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