The Biden Administration and other policymakers are actively discussing nursing facility reform, motivated in part by the death and isolation residents suffered during the COVID pandemic. Many of these reform proposals advocate for increased transparency and most focus on making more information available for the purposes of choosing facilities. We believe that transparency proposals should go further to support and empower current facility residents, not just prospective residents.
In a new series of issue briefs, Justice in Aging will make and evaluate several proposed reforms, focusing on proposals’ real-world impact on residents. This first brief, Revise Care Compare Website to Educate and Empower Consumers, outlines shortcomings in the site and offers ways that the federal government could revise it to better educate and empower current facility residents and their families.