Drawing Lessons from the Nursing Home Watch List


With partial support from the Fund, Consumers Union published its Nursing Home Watch List in 2000, 2001, and 2002 to help consumers avoid the worst-performing facilities in their state. Many homes appeared on the list in more than one year, suggesting that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has not realized its goal of ensuring that facilities achieve compliance with federal quality standards. This Picker Program Grant will: 1) update the watch list; 2) investigate why some facilities appear on the list repeatedly; 3) examine the characteristics of poor-performing facilities and relate those findings to the state's use of the regulatory process; 4) sponsor a meeting with regulators to design strategies that states can use to help nursing homes achieve and maintain better quality; and 5) determine whether low-performing homes on the watch list lose market share to high-performing homes. Findings and recommendations will be widely disseminated to consumers, policymakers, and regulators.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Consumers Union of United States, Inc.
Principal Investigator:
Trudy Lieberman
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 8, 2003

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