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NIH-Funded Study Raises Questions about Accuracy of Five-Star Quality Ratings

By: Liz Liberman  |  January 04, 2018

A recent study conducted with financial support from the National Institute for Health Care Management, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and published in the journal Production and Operations Management found that California nursing homes may be artificially inflating their self-reported data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for the five-star rating system on Nursing Home Compare, a website used by consumers, payors, and others to evaluate nursing homes. The five-star rating, discussed at length in a previous NIC blog post, is comprised of a health inspection, staffing levels, and quality metrics. The authors of the study argue that many California nursing homes inflate their self-reported quality metrics, which measure the quality of care patients and residents receive in skilled nursing properties. Their analysis considers the financial incentives that drive such false reporting, providing one of the first analyses of how five-star scores impact profitability. The study demonstrates the need for operators and investors to consider multiple data sources and follow quality metrics closely.

Regulatory Environment  |  Seniors Housing  |  Skilled Nursing

Florida Nursing Homes Required to Make Big Investments in Emergency Preparedness within 60 Days

By: Liz Liberman  |  September 20, 2017

The tragic deaths of eight nursing home residents in Hollywood, Fla., in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma prompted a number of policy changes. Legislation was introduced requiring seniors housing facilities to have emergency power sources for five days in the event of a power outage. Florida Governor Rick Scott announced an immediate rule requiring similar resources to be implemented at all assisted living and skilled nursing communities in the next 60 days. The Florida Health Care Association, the Florida chapter of the national American Health Care Association that represents nursing homes, is calling an emergency summit this Friday to convene stakeholders and discuss the rule announced by Gov. Scott.

Economic Trends  |  Ideas and Discussion  |  Regulatory Environment

2017 NIC Fall Conference Opening Session to Feature Lively Debate on Economic Issues

By: NIC  |  September 20, 2017

The impact of the Trump administration’s policies on economic growth is a matter of debate. So why not hold an actual debate?