New GAO Report Identifies Needed Improvements to Nursing Home Compare and the CMS Nursing Home 5-Star Rating System

This Government Accountability Office (GAO) Study assesses the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Compare Website and the 5-Star Nursing Home Rating System.


Why GAO Did This Study


(1) the information CMS collects about the use of Nursing Home Compare, including its usefulness to consumers, and potential areas, if any, to improve the website; and


(2) the extent to which the Five-Star System enables consumers to understand nursing home quality and make distinctions between homes.


What GAO Found


GAO Recommendations


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    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contractor Abt Associates has begun reaching out to select nursing homes for participation in site visits as part of the CMS nursing home staffing study. The staffing study is part of the White ...

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    Hourly rates for RNs, LPNs, and Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) spiked upwards in 2022. according to the 45th Annual Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Report published by LeadingAge Partner Hospital & Healthcare Compensations Service (HCS), in a ...

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    For six weeks, LeadingAge has continued to engage Congress and the Administration with various activity and meetings as part of the Aging Services Workforce Now advocacy campaign. Thanks to the collaboration of many dedicated members and other supporting ...

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    The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) final rule was published in the Federal Register on August 3, finalizing payment rates for FY 2023 and several provisions within the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program. Read the rule here. ...