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CMS Adds Six New Quality Measures to Nursing Home Compare

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:

  1. Percentage of short-stay residents who were successfully discharged to the community (Medicare claims- and 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 re-hospitalized 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)

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.

Visit Nursing Home Compare here.

For more information, read CMS' press release.

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