Are Medicare’s Nursing Home Ratings Useless?

Many people rely on the Medicare website to find a good nursing home in their area. Medicare’s “Nursing Home Compare” search function allows users to see side-by-side comparisons of homes throughout the country – ostensibly to pick one that maintains the highest quality standards. Unfortunately, aNew York Times investigative report has found it’s all too easy for substandard homes to cheat this rating system and improve their rankings.

According to The Times, Medicare’s nursing home rankings are based on incomplete information supplied by third-parties and are not verified by the government at all. This means that unscrupulous homes can falsify reviews to raise their ranking without any threat of consequence; a process allows for homes in which neglect or abuse occur to still achieve high ratings – tricking potential clients while placing them at serious risk for mistreatment.

The Seattle nursing home attorneys at the Hornbuckle Firm understand how difficult charges of abuse and neglect can be. We are here to protect and fight tirelessly for victims of mistreatment. No matter what rating a nursing home may have given itself, our attorneys know how to identify signs of abuse and neglect, and are prepared to take swift action to defend the abused and see that justice is served.

To schedule your free consultation with one of our Seattle nursing home abuse attorneys, please contact the Hornbuckle Firm today. We serve elderly victims of all types of mistreatment throughout Washington State.

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