According to a recently published article in the New York Times, nursing homes are using self-reported data to boost their ratings on CMS’ Nursing Home Compare system. Although annual health inspections are performed by independent reviewers, other factors that contribute to ratings, such as measures of staff levels and quality statistics, are reported by operators themselves. Additionally, even though more than 50 nursing homes are on the Special Focus Facilities’ federal watch list, approximately two-thirds have four or five star ratings on staff and quality. However, most of the homes on the watch list received one or two stars under health inspections.
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