With the extension of the PHE effective January 21st, can we expect the 5-star rating related to Quality Measures to remain “frozen”?
No. In December, CMS announced quality measures posted to the Care Compare website and used in the Five Star Quality Rating System will be updated with the January refresh of 5-star Data. Early this week, CMS posted the revised 5-Star User’s Guide, which confirms the information announced in December. Of note, CMS did indicate that staffing ratings will show “Not Available” in the January – March refreshes for those facilities that did not report staffing for the November 2020 deadline or that reported four or more days without a registered nurse.