Long-Term Care

GAO will investigate the federal government's five-star rating system

MDS 3.0 Insider, September 4, 2015

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The GAO will launch an investigation into the federal government’s five-star rating system in response to a letter written by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), highlighting county by county data. In addition to the senator’s concern, recent news reports have raised questions about the integrity of the federal government’s ‘Five-Star’ rating system that millions of families rely on when selecting a nursing home for their loved one. Casey released a new letter to Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct an assessment of the general accuracy and reliability of the Five-Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes and its usefulness as a consumer tool.

 

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