submitted by Liam McMahon, Paralegal
In September of this year the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched a new website called Care Compare (https://www.medicare.gov/care-compare/). The website is intended to allow consumers, patients, and caregivers to make informed decisions about their healthcare based on cost, quality of care, volume of services, and other data. In large part, healthcare providers are required to provide the data available on this website to the federal government. This makes Care Compare a useful source of information for consumers trying to decide between nursing homes, hospitals, and other health care services.
Previously, the data available on Care Compare was separated into eight distinct websites largely distinguished by the type of healthcare provider. This means that visitors to the websites previously in use, for example Nursing Home Compare, will be redirected to Care Compare where information is available on many different kind of healthcare providers. Additionally, some new features will be included on the new website like enhanced functionality on mobile devices and the ability to call healthcare providers directly from the website.
Consumers who relied on the older websites, like Nursing Home Compare, will find much of the information available on those sites (such as the five star ratings for nursing homes) is still accessible on Care Compare but they may also find new, provider specific, features. For example, Care Compare now allows users of the website to utilize a checklist with common questions and considerations when selecting a nursing home.
If you or someone you know is currently considering their options for long-term care, visit our informational resources page for nursing homes and assisted living facilities: https://elderjusticeny.org/resources/long-term-care-resources/