Nursing Home Compare is a website run by Medicare.gov under the umbrella of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. It is a website intended to make it easier for prospective nursing home residents and their loved ones to research the performance histories of facilities in their area, including investigation information, previous sanctions, and other ratings that can help inform these prospective consumers. (State health and aging agencies also responsible for gathering this type of information.)
Center for Public Integrity Report
The Center for Public Integrity, however, has recently called into question the reliability of information provided by Medicare through the Nursing Home Compare website. It conducted an investigation that has revealed that the Nursing Home Compare information from Medicare does not seem to accurately reflect nursing home staffing levels. One particular problem was that 2005 Medicare cost reports from nursing facilities indicate lower staffing levels than what Nursing Home Compare reported. The inaccuracies were particularly pronounced as to registered nurses among the various other staff titles. Approximately over 80% of facilities reported higher registered nurse staffing levels than was reported directly to Medicare.