Key findings from our investigation into nursing home staffing levels

Key findings:

  • More than 80 percent of nursing homes are reporting higher levels of registered nurse care to a government-run website for consumers than are reflected in their reports to Medicare.
  • Studies show that the amount of care, especially by registered nurses, is strongly connected to the quality of care.
  • Eight of the 10 states with the largest levels of reporting discrepancies are in the South.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  was supposed to start using more accurate data for nursing home staffing reports by March 2012 — that hasn’t happened, and might not for another two years.