Weeks Without a Shower In the Elder Justice Newsletter, we highlight citations, including deficiencies related to abuse, neglect, and substandard care, that have been identified as not causing any resident harm. The goal of this brief newsletter … [Read more...] about Elder Justice Newsletter – Vol 3, Issue 6 Now Available
Quality of Care
The Academy Awards are this Sunday, April 25th. Nominated for best documentary is The Mole Agent – a moving Chilean film that gives us a rare glimpse of life in a nursing home from a resident’s perspective. The documentary follows an 83-year-old man … [Read more...] about Oscar Nominated Documentary Goes Undercover in Chilean Nursing Home
Since March 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has limited surveys to two types: targeted infection control surveys and complaints and facility-reported incidents that states triage as immediate jeopardy. The Center for … [Read more...] about Special Report – Nursing Homes Cited with Infection Control Deficiencies During the Pandemic: Poor Results In Health Inspections, Low Staffing Levels
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for March 18, 2020 describes, as of March 9, coronavirus and the Life Care Center at Kirkland (Washington State): “Introduction of COVID-19 into a long-term … [Read more...] about CDC’s Report on Coronavirus in a Seattle Nursing Facility: What it Tells Us About Staffing Problems Nationwide; What We Must Do to Address Lessons Learned
A recent blogpost by Administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces CMS’s plan to “combine and standardize” the eight Compare websites into a Medicare Compare website. At the same time, an … [Read more...] about Changes Coming to CMS Websites for Consumers
In the first “national-level assessment of how nursing homes self-report major injury fall rates, which are used by CMS for quality measurement and public reporting,” researchers “found substantial underreporting on the specific Minimum Data Set … [Read more...] about Study Finds Nursing Home Compare Data about Patient Falls with Major Injuries Underreported and “Highly Inaccurate”
The new Medicare reimbursement system for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) – the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) – fundamentally changes the financial incentives for facilities. With PDPM, Medicare now pays lower rates for residents needing … [Read more...] about Medicare SNF Payment Model Creates Changes in Care and Admissions – What about Facility Assessments?
Concerns about nursing home quality have increased over the last several years. For instance, a June 2019 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the number of cited abuse violations more than doubled between 2013 and 2017. … [Read more...] about Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents Act of 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) identifies 88 nursing facilities nationwide that are among the most poorly performing facilities in the country. CMS calls these facilities, generally two per state, Special Focus Facilities … [Read more...] about Poorly Performing Skilled Nursing Facilities: What Happens to Them?
On October 23, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began use of a new "abuse icon" on Nursing Home Compare. Consumers using the website will now be alerted when a nursing home has been cited for an abuse violation in the past … [Read more...] about Nursing Home Compare’s Abuse Icon is Now Live