Incorporating patient and family preferences and medical needs into Medicare’s five-star rating system for nursing homes results in substantially different rankings, according to a study reported today in Health Affairs. The authors developed an application that allows patients and families to personalize the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s five-star rating system for nursing homes based on their preferences and medical needs, and tested it with 146 patients discharged from the hospital to nursing homes. When comparing the application with Medicare’s five-star ratings, they found “only minimal agreement on ranking of nursing homes.” The April issue of the journal focuses on consumer use of evidence to inform health care decisions.

Related News Articles

Headline
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today activated its Emergency Operations Center to support the interagency response to the Ebola outbreak in…
Headline
The World Health Organization has confirmed the first cases of Ebola in Uganda since 2013.
Blog
In this AHA Stat blog, Institute for Diversity and Health Equity President and CEO Duane Reynolds highlights various resources, programs and efforts to help…
Headline
President Trump yesterday signed legislation providing $19.1 billion in disaster relief for areas affected by hurricanes, wildfires and other recent natural…
Headline
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week announced an anticipated shortage of Aplisol, one of two TB skin tests licensed by the Food and Drug…
Headline
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday reported 1,001 cases of measles so far this year, according to the Department of Health and Human…