April 28, 2016
CMS has added six new quality measures to the consumer-based Nursing Home Compare website. For the first time, CMS has included three quality measures that are not based solely on data that are self-reported by nursing homes. The three measures: rate of rehospitalization, emergency room use, and community discharge among nursing home residents are based on Medicare-claims data submitted by hospitals. The six new quality measures are:
Percentage of short-stay residents who were successfully discharged to the community (Medicare claims- and MDS-based)
Percentage of short-stay residents who have had an outpatient emergency department visit (Medicare claims- and MDS-based)
Percentage of short-stay residents who were re-hospitalized after a nursing home admission (Medicare claims- and MDS-based)
Percentage of short-stay residents who made improvements in function (MDS-based)
Percentage of long-stay residents whose ability to move independently worsened (MDS-based)
Percentage of long-stay residents who received an antianxiety or hypnotic medication (MDS-based)
Beginning in July 2016, CMS will incorporate all measures, except for the antianxiety/hypnotic medication measure, into the calculation of the Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Ratings.
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