California Nursing Homes to Post Five-Star Ratings

MacKenzie Kimball, for HealthLeaders Media , October 15, 2009

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation October 11 requiring California nursing homes certified by Medicare or Medicaid to post their rating determined by CMS' Five-Star Quality Rating System. The bill, known as Assembly Bill 215, will go into effect January 1, 2011.

The Five-Star Quality Rating System, which was launched in December 2008, uses data from nursing home surveys, staffing rates, and 10 quality measures to calculate star ratings, ranging from one to five.

The new legislation requires Medicare or Medicaid certified nursing homes in the state of California to post their overall star rating information in at least the following locations:

  • An area accessible and visible to the public

  • An area used for employee breaks

  • An area used by residents for communal functions and activities

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