Medicare.gov, the official U.S. government site for Medicare, operates the Nursing Home Compare database. This website is a source of detailed information for every Medicaid and Medicare-certified nursing home in the United States, which number well over 15,000 different facilities. Individual states also can submit additional information to the database that the federal government does not uniformly monitor. You can easily search this database by location, or get information about a specific nursing home by searching for the nursing home’s name. In addition to details about each nursing home, the site rates the facilities using stars in order to designate the facilities that meet the most quality standards.
Furthermore, all states have state survey agencies, which have the responsibility of directly overseeing the healthcare facilities that participate in the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. It is important to keep in mind that not all nursing care facilities are certified to participate in the Medicare/Medicaid programs, and, as a result, those facilities may not have information as readily or as extensively available as others who do participate in the programs.
Your available insurance coverage may directly affect your choice of nursing home or residential care provider. For instance, if you need long-term care, Medicare may not provide sufficient coverage for you, as it typically covers only short-term stays. However, Medicaid does cover long-term stays in nursing homes. You will need to evaluate what sort of insurance coverage you have and how you can finance your recommended stay in the facility.
The Madison nursing home abuse attorneys of Boller & Vaughan are proud to advocate on behalf of clients who have been injured in some way while residing in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or other long-term care facility. Through the personal injury claim process, we can help seek compensation for your injuries from any negligent parties, including nursing homes and their staff members. Allow us to focus on your legal needs, while you concentrate on healing and recovering from your injuries. Do not hesitate to contact our office today and set up a consultation with one of our experienced Wisconsin elder abuse lawyers.