Analysis shows widespread discrepancies in staffing levels reported by nursing homes

Source: Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, Center for Public Integrity, November 12, 2014

From the key findings:
– More than 80 percent of nursing homes are reporting higher levels of registered nurse care to a government-run website for consumers than are reflected in their reports to Medicare.
– Studies show that the amount of care, especially by registered nurses, is strongly connected to the quality of care.
– Eight of the 10 states with the largest levels of reporting discrepancies are in the South.
– The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was supposed to start using more accurate data for nursing home staffing reports by March 2012 — that hasn’t happened, and might not for another two years.