LeadingAge Statement on CMS' Initiatives to Increase Transparency About Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Press Release | October 08, 2019 | by Lisa Sanders

Beginning October 23, 2019, skilled nursing providers who meet certain criteria related to citations of abuse will be indicated with a special icon on Nursing Home Compare. 

October 8, 2019 Washington D.C. -- Statement from Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge, the association of nonprofit providers of aging services, including skilled nursing, on CMS’ initiatives to increase transparency about abuse and neglect of nursing home residents.

“Abuse and neglect must never be tolerated, in any setting. Our members support efforts to help consumers make the best choice possible when choosing nursing home care for their loved ones.

The abuse icon program in Nursing Home Compare, however well-intentioned, risks misleading consumers. It is built on the back of a flawed survey system, in which interpretations of regulations are notoriously inconsistent.

We need to fix the survey system before we start adding this warning sign. We want consistent application of regulations. We envision a system that allows flexibility to target resources where they are needed. LeadingAge members seek to work with surveyors, focusing less on punishment and more on consultation, training and continuous improvement.

We all want the best quality care and quality of life for our loved ones.”

About LeadingAge 

The mission of LeadingAge is to be the trusted voice for aging. Our 6,000+ members and partners include nonprofit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 38 state associations, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research centers. LeadingAge is also part of the Global Ageing Network, whose membership spans 30 countries. LeadingAge is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization focused on education, advocacy and applied research.