CONGRESS SEEKS MORE INFORMATIONON BAD NURSING HOMES
We reported here several weeks ago the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) disclosure of the 54 worst nursing homes in the United States. That list my friends is just the “tip of the iceberg.”
Democratic lawmakers are pressing the Bush administration to disclose the identity of more troubled nursing homes, saying earlier efforts to alert consumers did not go far enough. Senators Hillary Clinton and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced a bill last month that would require CMS to reveal the names of all nursing homes that are substandard. Nine senators, including Harkin, also urged Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt to immediately release the full list. The full list contains the names of 128 nursing homes.
Wouldn’t you want to know if the nursing home you are considering for father is on the list?