Nursing Home Transparency: A Critical Tool to Improve the Quality of Nursing Home Care
Why is it so difficult to hold nursing homes accountable for providing the level of care for which they are being paid? How can it be that at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, an investment firm with a record of providing substandard nursing home care could buy more than 20 facilities across multiple states with little to no scrutiny? How can regulators better pinpoint these “bad actors” and prevent them from causing harm to nursing home residents? How can we be assured that public funds are being spent as intended, on resident care?
Transparency – the availability of high-quality, complete, interoperable, and accessible data on nursing home ownership, management, and financing – is a critical tool for assuring quality care and program integrity. This policy brief highlights efforts to increase transparency over the years and provides thoughtful recommendations for critically needed reforms.
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