I want to share this worrisome article that brings to light some flaws in a federal quality assessment tool which uses star ratings to rank nursing homes in the United States. The article includes a fascinating video of a family that believes their loved one’s death can be attributed in part to the substandard care received at the nursing home they chose - a nursing home with the highest rating of 5 stars. In light of this article, it would be very interesting to hear opinions and experiences from members here. Can anyone speak to their experiences working in settings where quality assessment has been a major priority? How can we ensure that the quality measurements in place are actually helping patients choose the right care?
Link leads to: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/business/medicare-star-ratings-allow-nursing-homes-to-game-the-system.html?ref=health&_r=0