Policy & Law

Nursing Home Compare Overall Complete

1 Mins read

The redesign of the federal Nursing Home Compare website, which lets consumers file complaints more easily and compare facilities based on quality measures, is complete.

The overhaul — which was conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and mandated by the Affordable Care Act — gives consumers more tools to directly file complaints with state survey agencies, providing links to phone and fax numbers and standardized complaint forms. In addition, the site will make public the complaints states receive about specific facilities. 
The new Nursing Home Compare site also includes more quality of care information. Regulators will assess resident experiences at long- and short-term care facilities and publish the results on the site. 
Quality of care indicators reported on the site include: 
  • pain levels as reported by residents
  • the use of physical restraints
  • self-reported falls
  • pressure ulcer rates 
  • measures of general well-being.

The site will also publish data about the number of civil money penalties and similar enforcement actions against a nursing home over the last three years. The site will “freeze” quality measure data and the Five Star quality measure ratings currently on the website for a period of six months. Regulators will be collecting quality measure data from the new MDS 3.0 resident assessment tool during this time.

Related posts
Global HealthcarePolicy & Law

Do HMOs Deserve A Bad Reputation? The Truth Of Managed Healthcare

3 Mins read
Have you ever heard people say that HMO health insurance is no good? It’s no secret that HMOs have a bad reputation,…
Policy & Law

Top 4 Important Things To Understand About Insurance

2 Mins read
When it comes to Medicare, the enrollment process can be a little tricky. That’s why it’s important to understand the relevant health…
Health carePolicy & Law

Elmiron Controversy Highlights Need For Longterm Clinical Drug Testing

4 Mins read
Elmiron has recently been the subject of a number of lawsuits brought about over claims that the drug causes vision problems and may lead…