Enter your Email address:
Wolters Kluwer Health may email you for journal alerts and information, but is committed
to maintaining your privacy and will not share your personal information without
Section Editor(s): Kennedy, Maureen Shawn MA, RN
Some say that the new Five-Star Quality Rating System for rating nursing homes isn't fair. Designed to help families searching for a nursing home, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) system rates the homes on the basis of health inspections, staffing, and quality measures. The higher the facility is rated, the more stars it receives. But critics claim that the CMS chose measures that may not tell the whole story. For example, self-reported staffing data based on a two-week snapshot once a year don't show the differences between agency and permanent staff, says Lauren Shaham, vice president of communications at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA). Shaham called the ranking "a great idea, prematurely implemented" and said that the AAHSA would work with the CMS, hoping for refinement. CMS spokesman Peter Ashkenaz confirmed that some groups considered the rankings "flawed," but noted that the CMS has seen "high consumer interest" and increased Web hits as people access the new information.
© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
Colleague's E-mail is Invalid
Your Name: (optional)
Separate multiple e-mails with a (;).
Thought you might appreciate this item(s) I saw at AJN The American Journal of Nursing.
Send a copy to your email
Your message has been successfully sent to your colleague.
Some error has occurred while processing your request. Please try after some time.
An Existing Folder
A New Folder
The item(s) has been successfully added to "".
Login with your LWW Journals username and password.
Username or Email:
Enter and submit the email address you registered with. An email with instructions to reset your password will be sent to that address.
Link to reset your password has been sent to specified email address.
What does "Remember me" mean?
By checking this box, you'll stay logged in until you logout. You'll get easier access to your articles, collections,
media, and all your other content, even if you close your browser or shut down your
To protect your most sensitive data and activities (like changing your password),
we'll ask you to re-enter your password when you access these services.
What if I'm on a computer that I share with others?
If you're using a public computer or you share this computer with others, we recommend
that you uncheck the "Remember me" box.
Save my selection
Article Level Metrics