Database bares deficiencies

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On the heels of the overhauling of the Nursing Home Compare website, a new database goes a step further, allowing consumers to search federal nursing home inspection reports and deficiencies by keyword, city and facility.

The Nursing Home Inspect database, which debuted in August, covers nearly 118,000 deficiencies at 14,565 homes.

Designed by ProPublica, the tool uses data published on the government's Nursing Home Compare website.

But with Nursing Home Inspect, users can now search the database by keywords such as “elopement” or “pressure sore.” It hones in on the narrative of a surveyor's most recent review.

The group cautioned consumers that a deficiency does not mean a facility is subpar. But that's likely little comfort to long-term care providers, who have said they believe consumers can be misled by survey results or citations.