Nursing homes concerned about new rating system

Shortly, CMS plans to release ratings for the nation's 16,000 nursing homes, rating them on a one- to five-star scale. While the hospital industry is well-used to this level of scrutiny, it's causing great anxiety within nursing home management circles. Trade group leaders say the new CMS ratings system is poorly planned and being rolled out too aggressively. But CMS officials say the rankings are a necessary step in pushing nursing homes to improve care. Article