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The choice of a nursing home is crucial and how is one assured of high quality care?

Recently, some researchers looked at the quality of care that traditional Medicare enrollees receive versus Medicare Advantage enrollees, according to ElderLawAnswers in “Are Medicare Advantage Plans Steering Enrollees to Lower-Quality Nursing Homes?“.

It turns out that Medicare Advantage enrollees on average enter nursing homes that score worse on quality control metrics than traditional Medicare enrollees. The study did not examine the reasons for the discrepancies. However, it is important that this study be pursued so policy makers can make sure that all seniors receive high quality care.

Medicare Advantage enrollees or their families should do their own investigation into nursing homes before deciding upon one.

Reference: Elder Law Answers (April 16, 2018) “Are Medicare Advantage Plans Steering Enrollees to Lower-Quality Nursing Homes?

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