Feds release nursing home inspections, free of censor’s marks

From ProPublica:

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request by ProPublica, the government has released unredacted write-ups of problems found during nursing home inspections around the country. We’re making them available today for anyone who wants to download the complete versions.

For several months now, ProPublica has made redacted versions of this same information available in an easily searchable format in our Nursing Home Inspect [1]tool. These versions, which reside on the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website, Nursing Home Compare [2], sometimes blank out patients’ ages, medical conditions, dates and prescribed medications.

The agency has said the redactions are intended to balance patient privacy concerns with the need to inform consumers about the quality of care. ProPublica requested the unredacted reports because they are public records and because the added information can make them more useful.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request by ProPublica, the government has released unredacted write-ups of problems found during nursing home inspections around the country. We’re making them available today for anyone who wants to download the complete versions.

For several months now, ProPublica has made redacted versions of this same information available in an easily searchable format in our Nursing Home Inspect [1]tool. These versions, which reside on the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website, Nursing Home Compare [2], sometimes blank out patients’ ages, medical conditions, dates and prescribed medications.

The agency has said the redactions are intended to balance patient privacy concerns with the need to inform consumers about the quality of care. ProPublica requested the unredacted reports because they are public records and because the added information can make them more useful. . . .

The unredacted reports are grouped by CMS region and can be downloaded here [3]. A list of states in each of the 10 regions is here [4].

Read the complete story at ProPublica.

 

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