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Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)

Senators introduce transparency bill and GAO report revealing under-funded survey system

A new Government Accountability Office report shows that the survey and certification system lacks the funding necessary to keep pace with its oversight responsibilities. Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Herb Kohl (D-WI) on Thursday released the report in conjunction with the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act of 2009, a bill that inflamed nursing home providers when it was initially introduced last year.

U.S. News’ rating system for nursing homes builds on government’s ‘five-star’ model

Alaska has the largest percentage of five-star rated facilities in the United States, while Louisiana has the lowest. That is according to U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Nursing Homes rankings. The list expands on information from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Nursing Home Compare Web site, which houses the new “five-star” rating system.

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