Medicare Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Rating System: A Fraud on the Public? (Part 3 of 3)
By Elder Abuse Exposed.com
October 22, 2013
Summary of article:
Secrets numbers 5–11 in Part 2 of the three-part exposé apparently ruffled the feathers of some of the nation’s leading state nursing home regulators
A few weeks ago, in Part 2 of the three-part exposé “Medicare Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Rating System: A Fraud on the Public?,” Elder Abuse Exposed.com revealed seven more of 16 secrets (numbers 5–11) that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and “five-star” nursing homes will not tell you about Medicare’s nationally promoted, frequently visited Nursing Home Compare website.
Secrets numbers 12–16 in Part 3 of the three-part exposé will likely further ruffle the feathers of some state and federal nursing home regulators who do not want you to know these secrets
Today, in Part 3 of the three-part exposé, Elder Abuse Exposed.com reveals the remaining five of the 16 secrets (numbers 12–16) that the CMS and “five-star” nursing homes throughout the U.S. do not want you to know about the Medicare Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Rating System. While exposing these five new secrets, Elder Abuse Exposed.com is continuing to explore if there is any useful correlation between a nursing home’s star rating on Nursing Home Compare and the quality of care that a nursing home provides. Elder Abuse Exposed.com is also continuing to explore whether the Medicare Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Rating System is a fraud perpetrated on consumers searching for a high-quality nursing home without a history of elder abuse and homicides.
Authoritative reports by U.S. GAO, U.S. HHS-OIG, and U.S. Senate have criticized the reliability of information on Nursing Home Compare
Armed with the information in the 16 secrets in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this three-part exposé, professional geriatric care managers, hospital case managers, elder care referral services, and consumers throughout the U.S. can now understand why Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare does not provide reliable, accurate quality-of-care information on the more than 15,000 Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes in the U.S. People who rely on Nursing Home Compare can also understand why 31 state attorneys general, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), and U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) have all sharply criticized the reliability and accuracy of the information on Nursing Home Compare.
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