Does Nursing Home Compare reflect patient safety in nursing homes?
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched Nursing Home Compare in 2002 to prompt public reporting on the quality and safety of care provided in United States nursing homes. Researchers found that when comparing nursing homes' performance on a variety of Nursing Home Compare measures to performance in several specific areas of safety, the association was inconsistent. They suggest that Nursing Home Compare does not accurately capture patient safety performance in nursing homes in its current form.