Associations have recently been finding new uses for a custom online database. Personal injury law firm Hacker Murphy recently reported that U.S. News has used information published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to construct a “Best Nursing Homes” database.
CMS is consistently engaged in collecting a wide variety of information about nursing homes, ranking individual facilities with a five-star system in three separate categories: quality of medical care, state-conducted health inspections and staffing levels. CMS combines the rankings in these separate categories to assign nursing home facilities an overall ranking on a scale of one to five stars.
“While most people would like to believe elderly nursing home residents always receive exceptional care – especially given the potential vulnerability of some older members of our society – nursing home neglect and abuse continues to occur,” Hacker Murphy stated. “It is hoped that this online database will assist in placing elderly family members in the nursing homes most likely to meet each individual’s needs.”
This is not the first time that government agencies have adopted a digitally progressive approach to keeping the public informed. In fact, technology has been playing an increasingly significant role in the healthcare sector. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released a new toolkit for helping administrators and service providers from rural locations to safely and efficiently exchange patient information. ONC officials indicated that these resources will be distributed to a wide audience made up of rural health stakeholders, rural hospitals and clinics, critical access hospitals (CAHs), rural health networks and any other parties invested in this expansive healthcare ecosystem.