Golden Living Praises GAO Report on Private Ownership of Nursing Homes

Recommendations will improve reporting accuracy and ensure transparency

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Golden Living, one of the largest providers of healthcare services in the U.S., today praised the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for the report issued yesterday titled “Nursing Homes: Complexity of Private Investment Purchases Demonstrates Need for CMS to Improve the Usability and Completeness of Ownership Data.”

“The GAO report thoughtfully examines issues relating to the reporting requirements of the ownership of nursing homes. GAO’s recommendations should help to make the reporting process more accurate and easier to administer, resulting in greater transparency for everyone,” said Neil Kurtz, M.D., President and CEO of Golden Living.

“As a strong proponent of transparency, we applaud the GAO’s recommendation that CMS take into consideration improvements in its data systems and the usability of that information on ownership as it implements the new health reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” said Kurtz.

“Improvements in this system ultimately will lead to greater consumer understanding and awareness about ownership of skilled nursing facilities in their communities, and who is responsible for providing their care,” added Kurtz.

About Golden Living (www.goldenliving.com)

Golden Living is one of the largest providers of healthcare services in the United States. Golden Living companies operate skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, and provide rehabilitation therapy, hospice care, home health services and healthcare staffing services. The Golden Living family of companies include Golden LivingCenters, Aegis Therapies, AseraCare Hospice and Home Health, and 360 Healthcare Staffing. There are more than 300 Golden LivingCenters in 21 states. Golden Living also offers assisted living services at more than 40 locations. In addition, the Golden Innovations companies partner with more than 1,000 nursing homes, hospitals and other health care organizations in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Collectively, the Golden Living family of companies has more than 40,000 employees who provide quality healthcare to more than 60,000 patients every day.



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