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CMS Did Not Accurately Report on Care Compare Deficiencies related to Heath, Safety, and Emergencies of Nursing Homes 

Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reports that The Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid/Medi-Cal, did not accurately report on Care Compare nursing homes’ deficiencies as related to the nursing homes health, fire safety, and emergency preparedness. Care Compare is an online website run by CMS to provide to consumers the nursing home’s quality ratings, results of recent inspections, staffing levels, specific quality-of-care measures, and characteristics such as COVID-19 vaccination rates of residents and staff, ownership information, and the number of resident beds, among other issues. OIG has informed CMS of their findings, and CMS made corrections to some of the inspection results reported on Care Compare; however, CMS has not responded to the inquiry by OIG about some of the causes of their findings.