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Report Examines CMS Oversight of Nursing Home Quality

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report studying recent trends in nationwide quality reporting for care provided in skilled-nursing facilities. While the study found consumer complaints had increased 21 percent from 2005 to 2014, indicating increased concerns over quality of care, data associated with survey deficiencies, staffing levels and clinical quality measures over the same period indicate potential improvements in nursing home quality. The GAO noted that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which is responsible for oversight of nursing facilities, has made numerous modifications to its oversight activities but has not monitored the effect of those modifications on nursing home quality oversight. The GAO recommended that CMS implement a clear plan for ongoing auditing of self-reported data and establish a process to monitor oversight modifications and better assess their effects.

Highlights of the report are attached. A copy of the full report and associated podcast are available on the GAO website.