This is the first part of the three-part series written by Jeff Kelly Lowenstein.
It includes a lookup table where you can find information about total staffing and for more than 10,400 nursing homes throughout the country and downloadable data.
The next two parts of the series are slated to run on Nov. 13 and Nov. 17.
Some of the key findings:
- More than 80 percent of nursing homes are reporting higher levels of registered nurse care to a government-run website for consumers than are reflected in their reports to Medicare.
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was supposed to start using more accurate data for nursing home staffing reports by March 2012 — that hasn’t happened, and might not for another two years.
- Studies show that the amount of care, especially by registered nurses, is strongly connected to the quality of care.
Eight of the 10 states with the largest levels of reporting discrepancies are in the South.