Posts Tagged 'elder care'

Caring for Those Who Cared for Us: When Nursing Homes Fail the Elderly

golden living nursing homes accused of failing to properly care for elderly residentsWhen it comes to healthcare, we like to think decisions about our care are typically made in conjunction with people who have years of education in the field. We like to believe that we have some say in the matter and that our health care decisions are the result of some sort of collaboration. Sometimes we simply have to trust that those tasked with ...

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New Medicare Quality Initiative Announced by CMS

In a recent press release, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two major new initiatives that seek to improve the quality of care for Medicare patients. Recently, there has been criticism regarding the rating system in place for nursing homes, which allows sub-par institutions to receive five-star ratings based largely on self-reported data. A CMS press release from early October reports that one of the two main initiatives is to improve the breadth ...

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Medicare Ratings of Nursing Homes Found to Be Misleading and Lacking Regulation

For the past five years, Medicare has assigned ratings to nursing homes that reflect hotel style ratings. The star-based rating gives only one-fifth of the nation’s 15,000 nursing homes five stars. A recent examination by The New York Times revealed that in many cases these ratings are based on incomplete information and may be misleading or simply false.

The Medicare ratings are heavily relied upon by the public but were found to be largely ...

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