New York Times exposes faulty nursing home ratings by Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare Database
On Feb 20 2015 Medicare reported it is revamping its five star nursing home rating system. This comes on the heels of a report by the New York Times that reveals that Medicare’s ratings are deceptive. Most senior care professionals who regularly visits nursing homes are already aware of the discrepancies between the ratings and the actual conditions of various facilities. The biggest surprise is that it has taken so long for Medicare to admit it. The article discloses that most ratings are based on information provided by the nursing homes themselves…. and it is not verified. Read article below.
Medicare Toughens Standards on Nursing Homes
New York Times Feb 20, 2015
“The star ratings of nearly a third of the nation’s nursing homes were lowered on Friday, as federal officials readjusted quality standards in the face of criticism that the ratings were inaccurate and artificially inflated.Federal officials said they hoped the changes would make it easier for consumers to differentiate between facilities, as well as spur nursing homes to make improvements.“You do need to raise the bar,” Dr. Patrick Conway, the chief medical officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told reporters. When it becomes relatively easy to achieve a high rating, he said, “that’s not going to incentivize the same level of improvement. To read total article…” Click here.