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Voices for Quality care Newsletter: December 2018 is here! Click here to read
New in nursing home care: Overdoses, bedsores, broken bones: What happened when a private-equity firm sought to care for society’s most vulnerable: Washington Post Business Section November 25, 2018: ManorCare bankruptcy
Voices for quality care issues a statement describing the neglect in state monitoring services for nursing homes and assisted living facilities The Voices for Quality Care Board of Directors and members are increasingly concerned regarding the ability of state entities to effectively monitor the care and conditions in Maryland nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Click here to read the Statement
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First Quarter of 2018 (January 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018) Payroll Based Nursing Home Staffing Information Now Available
In the past, all data on nursing home staffing was basically reported to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS then posted that information on the Nursing Home Compare website. Staffing levels found there were entirely self-reported by the nursing homes themselves with no outside verification of those figures. In 2017, CMS began collecting and disseminating staffing data for U.S. nursing homes through direct day-by-day actual payroll data. This makes the current information, while still not perfect, much more reliable than anything we previously had. CMS is posting this data by quarter. The most recent quarter posted was the third quarter of 2017 (July 1-September 30).
Voices Advocate’s Handbook Now Available
Paperback ($12.00),ebook ($4.99) This book is intended as a reference tool for people needing long- term care and their families, friends, and advocates. It contains the identifying codes (F-Tags, F-540, etc.) for the new and reorganized federal regulations, selected Maryland and Washington DC laws & regulations, common acronyms, definitions, HIPAA regulations, and federal long-term care ombudsman regulations. Proceeds help to provide funding for Voices for Quality Care.