CMS changes nursing home inspections in response to sequestration cuts
Apr 10, 2013
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...
The truth can set you free — or put your long-term care facility out of business
Jan 11, 2013
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...
New app lets users search nursing home deficiencies by keyword
Aug 15, 2012
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
May 22, 2012
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...
A survey system that works?
Jan 30, 2012
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
Oct 11, 2011
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
May 10, 2011
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.