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NEWSDAY EDITORIAL: Tougher Nursing Home Rules Good for Residents

The federal government’s five-star quality rating system for nursing homes has been scandalously easy for home operators to cheat by simply failing to report evidence of poor patient care.

That should change starting in January, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services imposes tougher reporting requirements nationwide. Reform is critical. The system, considered the gold standard in the industry since 2009, is used by families as a guide to safe, capable care for their loved ones. It needs to be trustworthy.

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