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Currently, nursing homes only have to self-report their staffing data on an annual basis. Schakowsky and Matsui said this policy can lead to inaccurate information for individuals looking for a nursing home.

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Meanwhile, a section of the 2010 healthcare law directs nursing homes to display staffing information based on payroll data. By using a payroll-based system, Schakowsky and Matsui argued, nursing home staffing information can be reliably accurate. 

"Implementation should have occurred in March of 2012 and is now long overdue," they wrote in a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner

Schakowsky and Matsui questioned why the new policy has not been implemented.

"CMS itself has acknowledged that its nursing home staffing data are not accurate," they wrote. "We need accurate staffing data — such as that from a payroll data collection system — to ensure that our most vulnerable Americans get the quality health care services they need and deserve."

The lawmakers urged the CMS to address the issue quickly.

"We urge CMS to make this matter a priority. We look forward to hearing from you soon on when we can expect the payroll-based staffing system to be operational," Schakowsky and Matsui wrote.