Providers need to move on and should be glad other, “much worse” icons weren’t used to flag facilities cited for certain abuse citations, a top federal official said at the fall LeadingAge conference. 

Some 763 nursing homes were tagged with the controversial open-palm icon in a red circle starting Oct. 23 on the Nursing Home Compare website.

“Let’s stop debating the icon and let’s start focusing on preventing abuse so that we are compelled in the future to take another look at it because we’ve done such a good job at it,” said Evan Shulman, director of the division of nursing homes at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.