To improve quality at the nations nursing homes, the CMS will introduce a new ranking system for its consumer information Web site.
In a teleconference with reporters, acting CMS Administrator Kerry Weems and Sens. Herbert Kohl (D-Wis.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) discussed details of the agencys new five-star ranking system of Americas nursing homes on its Nursing Home Compare site. Kohl, chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, said that the new system will do two things: distill quality measures into a format that is easy for Americans to understand, and identify those homes that are offering the best care to those who need it.
Getting information about the quality of a particular nursing home should not be like bureaucratic water torture, Wyden said.
The CMS will solicit comments from the public, consumer groups and nursing homes during June and July, and Weems said that the new rating system will be available in December.