When choosing a nursing home facility, many people look at the ratings
to determine which one will provide the highest quality of care for elderly
loved ones. However, a recent study that was published by the National
Institute for Health Care Management Foundation showed that some nursing
home facilities are inflating their self-reported quality measures to
boost their Five-Star ratings. This deception is designed to bring in
money, but it jeopardizes the wellbeing of elderly patients needing safe
and effective medical treatment.
Here’s What You Need to Know
From 2009-2013, the University of Connecticut conducted a study to determine
if nursing homes used false self-reporting techniques to improve their
ratings. They found that at least 6% of all nursing home facilities in
the United States used exaggerated self-reporting to inflate their ratings.
The researchers examined several factors, including information from Medicare
files, resident complaints, Five-Star ratings, and information about facility
finances to identify instances of deception.
How to Keep Your Elderly Loved One Safe
If you are looking for a nursing home facility, the American Health Care
Association recommends using multiple sources to weed out any facilities
that are using inflated ratings. While only a small percentage of nursing
homes use deceptive self-reporting, it is still important to take steps
to protect your loved one from
nursing home abuse. You should also make unannounced visits to the facility and talk with
the staff, other patients, and their families to determine the quality
of care the facility provides, regardless of its rating.
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