Los Angeles County supervisors are asking the state of California to require nursing homes to publicly display ratings received in the federal government’s new five-star grading system.Â
This California Healthline Special Report by Deirdre Kennedy includes comments from:
- Tony Bell, spokesperson for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich;
- Jack Cheevers, spokesperson forÂ CMS in San Francisco;
- Mary Jann, director of developmental programs and regulatory affairs for the California Association of Health Facilities; and
- Patricia McGinnis, executive director of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.
Supporters of the proposal and CMS’ rating system say providing more information about health care quality will help consumers make decisions, but consumer advocates and representatives of the nursing home industry have raised concerns about whether the ratings accurately reflect the quality of a facility (Kennedy, California Healthline, 1/23).