Nursing Home Industry Advocates Warn of ‘Unintended Consequences’ of Abuse Warning Icon on Government Website

The nursing care industry has reacted negatively to a new nursing home abuse warning icon that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently implemented on its Nursing Home Compare website. Last month, CMS unveiled its plan to include a warning icon—a red circle with an open hand—next to the names of nursing homes with a history of neglect or abuse citations on its Nursing Home Compare website. 

 

“With today’s action, the Trump administration is putting critical information at consumers’ fingertips, empowering them and incentivizing nursing homes to compete on cost and quality,” said CMS administrator Seema Verma. But industry experts swiftly denounced the icon as overly punitive, saying it would cause consumers to automatically disqualify labeled homes even if their violation occurred long in the past, or had been quickly fixed. Leaders of the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA) called the icon a “misguided approach toward improving nursing home safety,” according to new sources.

 

“We truly believe that this approach will have unintended consequences, and in fact be counterproductive to achieving the high-quality patient outcomes for which we strive,” said AMDA president Arif Nazir in a letter to CMS. “It will also be clearly detrimental to the motivation and engagement of thousands of very hard-working front-line staff members.” 

 

Only around 5 percent of the more than 15,000 nursing homes in the U.S. have reportedly received the icon since its addition, but despite that low number, AMDA urged CMS to rescind its decision to use the icon.

 

Nursing home violations are generally the result of either neglect or abuse. There are state and federal laws in place to protect the rights of residents, but violations are still reported every day. Nursing home residents who are the victims of abuse or neglect should consider hiring an attorney to sue for damages. 

 

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