Nursing Home Compare Adds Six Measures

In late April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) added six new quality measures to the Nursing Home Compare website as part of an initiative to broaden the quality of information available on that site. For the first time, CMS is including quality measures that are not based solely on data that are self-reported by nursing homes. These new measures, which are based primarily on Medicare claims data submitted by hospitals, measure the rate of rehospitalization, emergency room use, and community discharge among nursing home residents. The six new measures include:

1. Percentage of short-stay residents who were successfully discharged to the community (Medicare claims- and Minimum Data Set (MDS)-based)

2. Percentage of short-stay residents who have had an outpatient emergency department visit (Medicare claims- and MDS-based)

3. Percentage of short-stay residents who were rehospitalized after a nursing home admission (Medicare claims- and MDS-based)

4. Percentage of short-stay residents who made improvements in function (MDS-based)

5. Percentage of long-stay residents whose ability to move independently worsened (MDS-based)

6. Percentage of long-stay residents who received an antianxiety or hypnotic medication (MDS-based)

These newly added measures will be reported on Nursing Home Compare, but will not be incorporated into the methodology to compute nursing home star ratings until July 2016.

Nursing Home Compare is a user-friendly federal web tool that provides information on how well Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes provide care to their residents. Nursing Home Compare allows consumers to select multiple nursing homes at a time to compare the health inspection history, staffing levels, and self-reported quality of care outcomes. For more information, visit https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html.~

 

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