I know, every time you turn around, right?? Yesterday, in response to the article in the NY Times that criticized the Five Star rating system for allowing providers to "give" surveyors their staffing numbers, CMS has decided that regular reporting of staffing numbers through an automated system is the way to move forward. Not only will this data gather the types of employees on duty, but it will also gather turnover numbers.
New data points in the rating system will now also include the extent that antipsychotics are used by the facility. And coming soon to a quality metric near you will be re-hospitalization, which will be added to the calculation of the facility rating.
Let the good times roll!!