HOW ACCURATE ARE MEDICARE’S NURSING HOME RATINGS?

From: BNA Health Care Blog

by Michael Williamson

According to an industry group, the nursing home ratings aren’t very accurate at all.

Greg Crist, senior vice president at the American Health Care Association (AHCA), a nursing home trade group, told me Aug. 27 that the rating system used on the Nursing Home Compare website became riddled with errors after the CMS made changes to it in February. The Nursing Home Compare tool is a public website consumers can use to search for and compare nursing homes. The site features a five-star rating system, which evaluates nursing homes’ performance on health inspections, staffing and quality measures.

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