I recently had to help a elderly relative who was taken to the hospital after falling down and not being able to get up. Luckily she did not break anything, and this experience was before Covid hit. Also very luckily she already had signed up properly for Medicare and Medicare Advantage. For me this was… Continue reading Medicare or Medicaid, What’s the Difference?
CMS just updated their data for nursing homes today and unfortunately the average lag time between nursing home inspections continues to rise. As I noted last month, the average time between inspections has risen significantly during the Covid pandemic. For several months, CMS did not report an inspections. For the month of April, CMS shows… Continue reading Inspection Risk Continues for Nursing Homes
I held off on publishing this article because I do not want to say something that is inappropriate in the middle of the Covid pandemic. But it seems like a significant concern. Specifically I am writing about the fact that average time since being inspected by CMS continues to grow. As you can see from… Continue reading Covid-19 Not the Only Risk for Nursing Home Residents
Last month we quietly launched a new feature allowing people to “monitor” a specific senior care facilities. We did this by adding a button below the page heading entitled “Subscribe to Updates to the Facility”. Now we’ve sent out the first emails to our “subscribers”. I thought I should say something about what we mean… Continue reading Monitor Your Nursing Home
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) spends considerable time and effort promoting their Five Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes (see here). They even provide an extensive analysis of how they arrive at their ratings (see here). The ratings are based on a complicated scoring system that involves multiple factors including: both… Continue reading The Fault in CMS’ Stars
Yesterday we stumbled on a new CMS dataset which provides a weekly accounting for Covid-19 infections and deaths in nursing homes. Strangely this report is not part of the more general set of nursing home reports that we currently retrieve. The data is supposedly reported weekly though it is not clear when it is published. … Continue reading Covid Cases in Nursing Homes