The White House on Monday sought some efficiency when signing a bill addressing new regulations on nursing homes. President Barack Obama signed a non-controversial measure (HR 4994), which passed Congress last month by voice votes, that standardizes nursing home reporting data. The bill-signing announcement was paired with new proposed regulations, set for publication later this week, which seeks to automate the collection of nursing home payroll data to examine how nursing home employment levels impact patient care. The regulations also expand a nursing home rating system and surveys to verify nursing facility data.
CQ HealthBeat’s (@CQHealthTweet) Rebecca Adams reported (subscription) that administration officials acknowledged some skepticism about current self-reported nursing home data and the new automated data reporting seeks to verify the information. Additionally, the current nursing home rating system ranks an unusually high number of facilities as better than average and the new independent data sources are designed to improve the reliability of the rating system.