first line of defense in researching and enforcing nursing home care standards.
Now that the
U.S. Government Accountability Office has called on the CMS to address the issue of failing nursing home standards, the CMS has announced
that it will be performing a “comprehensive review.”
Coming directly from
CMS Chief Seema Verma, the announcement outlined that the CMS is “not settling for the
status quo,” and that they will be looking closely at nursing home
staffing requirements, the use of anti-psychotic drugs, and quality metrics
for negligent providers. Because of recent reports that nursing home abuse
investigations were lacking in Oregon over the last 15 years, the CMS
aims to push for complete regulatory overhaul, and to prevent any further
instances of abuse.
Why Is a Comprehensive Review Necessary?
Many have already lauded the Centers’ efforts to provide greater
accountability in nursing home care. By providing the public with the
Nursing Home Compare tool, the CMS has been able to allow thousands of citizens to review how nursing
homes stack up in terms of recorded violations, variety of options, staffing
levels, and other key decision factors for long-term care.
Lately, however, the CMS has come under fire for failing to regularly update
their Five-Star Rating System, which assigns each nursing home a quality
score between 1 and 5 stars. Although this rating system has provided
some effective baseline comparisons for consumers, it has been less effective
at accurately reporting staffing levels and negative care outcomes over
the years. That’s why the CMS will also be overhauling the Nursing
Home Compare tool, and raising the standards for the entire rating system
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Dedicated Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
As the CMS continues to improve public resources, it’s still imperative
to hold negligent nursing home professionals accountable for their actions.
At Brown & Barron, LLC, our skilled
nursing home abuse team can investigate any cases of negligence that involve you or your loved
one. Applying more than 50 years of combined skill and experience to your
case, we can seek justice if your elderly loved one suffered from the
effects of neglect or abuse.
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