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The Five-Star Rating System for Skilled Nursing: Perceptions and Effects
6/10/2017

The Five-Star Rating System for Skilled Nursing: Perceptions and Effects

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced its Nursing Home Compare five-star system for skilled nursing facilities in December of 2008 to assist the public in identifying meaningful distinctions among skilled nursing providers. The skilled nursing facility (SNF) five-star rating is based on health surveys, staffing numbers and quality measures and has become a frequently referenced metric in the industry nine years after its introduction.

Accountable Care Organizations and Skilled Nursing: What Providers Should Know
10/14/2014

Accountable Care Organizations and Skilled Nursing: What Providers Should Know

Though the term was coined in 2006, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) started gaining prominence in 2010 when the initiative was introduced to Medicare through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ACOs are a means to improve care to beneficiaries and transition from the traditional fee-for-service model to a population-based payment system.