The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently said that it plans to combine and standardize its eight separate consumer-facing “Compare” websites, including Nursing Home Compare. Long-term care providers generally lauded the announcement.

The change would allow users to access the same information through a single entry point and offer simplified navigation, Administrator Seema Verma wrote in a blog post in January. “The new ‘Medicare Care Compare’ on will offer Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers and other users a consistent look and feel, providing a streamlined experience to meet their individual needs in accessing information about health care providers and care settings,” Verma wrote. 

“In the new, unified experience, patients will be able to easily find the information that is most important to help make healthcare decisions, like getting quality data by the type of health care provider,” she added. 

Advocates called on CMS to ensure information on the new site would benefit providers.