The federal government's initiative to publicly report nursing home quality data is "premature," although the program has "considerable merit," the General Accounting Office said in a new report. Based on a six-state pilot project launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in April, the GAO said it has "serious concerns about the potential for public confusion" and cited a need "for clear descriptions of the data's limitations and easy access to impartial experts." According to the GAO, the CMS hasn't demonstrated its readiness to help consumers interpret the data through consumer hotlines or other resources. The CMS rolled out its national initiative on Tuesday. The GAO report was released yesterday. In October, the agency recommended that the CMS delay the national program to allow "sufficient time to resolve important issues regarding appropriate indicators for public reporting and to implement a program to review the accuracy of the data on which the indicators are based." -- by Julie Piotrowski
GAO: Nursing home quality program is 'premature'
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