Minnesota updates nursing home report card system

Minnesota agencies have souped up a Web tool that consumers can use to shop for nursing home care.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Health have unveiled a new, updated version of the state's Nursing Home Report Card system.  

Consumers in the state have been able to use the system to get nursing home quality data since 2006.

In the past, consumers had to rely on a static set of quality indicators and look at quality data for one facility at a time.

Now, consumers can choose the quality measures they want to use as screening measures, and thy can see results from many facilities on the sam screen, officials said. 

A report card also includes facility rate data and basic information, such as bed capacity and ownership state.

 The department worked with a variety of outside experts to develop the measures in the report card, officials said.

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