Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Nursing Home Quality Data Released. (Recent Health Care Developments)

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Nursing Home Quality Data Released. (Recent Health Care Developments)

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Recently released quality data are providing seniors and their families comparative information about local nursing homes' quality of care.

The six-State pilot project--involving nursing homes serving Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Washington--is part of HHS' Nursing Home Quality Initiative to further improve the quality of care received by the 2.9 million Americans who live in nursing homes nationwide.

"By generating and publishing quality data, we are both helping consumers to make decisions that best suit their needs and creating market incentives for nursing homes to further improve quality," HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson said.

CMS published advertisements in 30 newspapers in the six States that include some of the quality data. The complete data, along with other information about individual nursing homes, are available at Medicare's consumer Web site, www.medicare.gov, and through Medicare's help line, 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

HHS' Nursing Home Quality Initiative is a three-pronged effort: (1) CMS' continuing regulatory and enforcement efforts conducted by State survey agencies; (2) new and better consumer information on the quality of care in nursing homes; and (3) new community-based quality improvement programs offered to nursing homes by Medicare's QIOs. …

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