Inspections

Four reasons why states need to stop inspecting nursing facilities

Four reasons why states need to stop inspecting nursing facilities

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What if every state had its own language, currency and traffic signals? Life could get a lot more complicated once you ventured into another jurisdiction.

CMS changes nursing home inspections in response to sequestration cuts

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will change some nursing home survey procedures in response to budget cuts from sequestration, according to memos released Tuesday. The CMS Survey & Certification budget has been reduced 5% from 2012, the agency announced.

The truth can set you free — or put your long-term care facility out of business

The truth can set you free — or put your long-term care facility out of business

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Journalists generally get all warm and tingly when previously guarded information becomes available. It must be in our DNA. So I should probably be cheering ProPublica's announcement that the government is now releasing unredacted write-ups of problems found during nursing home inspections.

New app lets users search nursing home deficiencies by keyword

New app lets users search nursing home deficiencies by keyword

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A consumer-targeted Internet tool unveiled Tuesday allows users to search the federal nursing home inspection reports and deficiencies by keyword, city and facility name.

Nursing home quality scores are on the rise, federal data shows

Nursing home quality scores are on the rise, federal data shows

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The quality of care in U.S. nursing homes is improving, according to newly released federal health data. In evaluating the scores of 15,000 skilled nursing facilities across the country, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found that the proportion of 4- and 5-Star centers has increased 4% and 4.1%, respectively.

A survey system that works?

A survey system that works?

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All sides generally agree that the current nursing home survey system is flawed. But there's hardly consensus on how best to fix it. Here's something worth considering.

Limit duplicate LTC inspections, report says

A recommendation to limit duplicative nursing home and assisted living inspections has drawn kudos from a leading healthcare group.

Report details new CMS quality improvement indicator tool

Report details new CMS quality improvement indicator tool

Quality Indicator Survey inspectors are beginning to use new software that works with personal tablet computers during their nursing home visits, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

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