In last week’s newsletter, LeadingAge Ohio alerted providers that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had announced that Nursing Home Compare would be updated in October to identify nursing homes with a history of abuse citations. Based on the data currently available on Nursing Home Compare, there are 46 nursing homes in Ohio that meet the criteria to be impacted by the icon. Of the 46 nursing homes, six are identified as non-profit.
CMS is adding an icon to highlight facilities that meet either of the following criteria:
1) Harm-level abuse citation in the most recent survey cycle: Facilities cited for abuse where residents were found to be harmed (Scope/Severity of G or higher) on the most recent standard survey or on a complaint survey within the past 12 months.
2) Repeat abuse citations: Facilities cited for abuse where residents were found to be potentially harmed (Scope/Severity of D or higher) on the most recent standard survey or on a complaint survey within the past 12 months and on the previous (i.e., second most recent) standard survey or on a complaint survey in the prior 12 months (i.e., from 12 to 24 months ago).
The five star technical user guide has also been updated to reflect the October changes.
Katie Smith Sloan, President/CEO of LeadingAge, has written to Seema Verma, Administrator, CMS, to express concern on behalf of LeadingAge and its members regarding the implementation of the Consumer Alert Icon. She concludes her letter by urging “CMS to continue its efforts to make Nursing Home Compare more intuitively useful and less complicated for consumers.” She notes that the consumer alert icon is “a step in the wrong direction.” We encourage nursing home and life plan community members to send an email to Seema Verma at email@example.com urging her not to implement the Consumer Alert Icon! TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.
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