Volume XXXI, Number 3
March 2016

CMS Announces Six New Quality Measures

On March 3rd CMS held an Open Door Forum call announcing changes to Nursing Home Compare & Five-Star. The following day AHCA also held a call for members, providing an overview of the changes as well as how AHCA plans to respond to CMS.

CMS announced that 6 NEW measures will be added to Nursing Home Compare in April of 2016.

Five of the measures will be added to Five-Star in July 2016; however, CMS has not yet announced how they will be added or impact your star ratings.

Six NEW Measures


  1. Discharge to Community (Medicare Claims Based
  1. Emergency Room Use (Medicare Claims Based)
  1. Hospitalization (Medicare Claims Based)
  1. Improvement in Function Since Admission (MDS Based)


  1. Decline in Mobility (MDS Based)
  1. Use of Hypnotics/Anxiolytics (MDS Based)

Click HERE to view a pdf document from AHCA’s website for more information on the new measures.

To access the on-line AHCA archived call after March 8th click HERE. (You will need your AHCA Member log-in)

AHCA Recommends that Nursing Facility Providers

  • Begin now to review the measures and start to focus on efforts to improve before the measures are added to Five-Star
  • Collect data on your current rates for rehospitalization, ER use and Discharge (DC) to community using a FREE tracking spread sheet by Advancing Excellence which can be found by clicking HERE

President’s Report


 Legislative Update


 Commitment to Care

  • CMS Announces Six New Quality Measures

If you have any questions about the THCA Commitment to Care Initiative or would like to share your facilities successes please contact Gloria Bean-Williams by email or call (512) 458-1257.


State / THCA News


National / AHCA News


Announcements & Recognition

2016 THCA Membership Directory and Resource Guide COMING SOON!

Hard copies scheduled to be mailed out later this month, with a digital copy to be posted on our website mid-April!

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