Medi­care slashes rat­ings for 1 in 11 nurs­ing homes

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

Medi­care has low­ered its star rat­ings for staffing lev­els in one out of 11 of the na­tion’s nurs­ing homes – al­most 1,400 of them – be­cause they were ei­ther in­ad­e­quately staffed with reg­is­tered nurses or failed to pro­vide pay­roll data that proved they had the re­quired nurs­ing cov­er­age, fed­eral records show.

Medi­care only re­cently be­gan col­lect­ing and pub­lish­ing pay­roll data on the staffing of nurs­ing homes as re­quired by the Af­ford­able Care Act of 2010, rather than re­ly­ing on the nurs­ing homes’ own un­ver­i­fied re­ports.

Rank­ings are pub­lished on Medi­care’s Nurs­ing Home Com­pare web­site.

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