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