Changes to Staffing Info and Quality Measures on Nursing Home Compare due to COVID-19 (Jun 2020)

CMS Quality Safety & Oversight Memorandum
PUBLISHED: June 25, 2020
CMS LISTING: Quality, Safety and Oversight Letter 20-34-NH

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In QSO memo 20-34-NH from June 25, 2020 – CMS effectively froze staffing Five Star ratings on Nursing Home Compare and relieved facilities of the burden of payroll-based journal data reporting.

On July 29, 2020, Staffing measures and star ratings will be held constant, and based on data submitted for Calendar Quarter 4 2019.

Also, CMS is ending an earlier waiver of the requirement for nursing homes to submit staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal System. Nursing homes must submit data for Calendar Quarter 2 by August 14, 2020.

Quality Measures: On July 29, 2020, quality measures based on a data collection period ending December 31, 2019 will be held constant.