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Reporter discovers data missing from federal Nursing Home Compare

Duane SchragDuane Schrag of the Salina (Kan.) Journal recently discovered critical data was missing from the federal Nursing Home Compare data online.

The federal government encourages consumers to use Nursing Home Compare to help them choose long-term care facilities. It takes into account variables such as health inspection results, nursing home staff data, quality measures and fire safety inspections. Additionally, reporters have used the data to investigate nursing homes.

In this article, Schrag shares how he discovered the holes in the data and what he learned about Nursing Home Compare.

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