Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New CMS Report Shows Deficiency-Free Surveys Increased in Nursing Centers

Lyn Bentley, MSW


The percentage of nursing center surveys that were deficiency-free increased from 8.8% in 2009 to 10.2% in 2014, according to a report released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Similarly, the percentage of surveys resulting in the determination of substandard quality of care has also declined from 4.4% in 2008 to 3.2% in 2014.

The 2015 Nursing Home Data Compendium captures survey outcomes and characteristics for more than 15,000 Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing centers, and captures information on the demographic, functional and clinical characteristics of more than 1.4 million residents who reside in these centers.

Other highlights from the report include:

· The percentage of surveys resulting in one or more citations for deficiencies at the actual harm level or higher (“G”-“L”) fell each year between 2006 and 2013, reaching a 10-year low in 2013 of 10.3%; it was slightly higher in 2014 (10.6%).

· The prevalence of pressure ulcers declined by 10% between 2011 and 2014, to 5.9%.

Data for the report was collected using three main sources including, the CMS CASPER database for survey and certification information, the Minimum Data Set, and population data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

The survey score/health inspection rating is the foundation of the Five-Star Quality Rating System. AHCA members are encouraged to continue to improve their score by going to AHCA’s LTC Trend Tracker to know where they stand and to set a goal to perform even better. Members can learn more about how to access their report by clicking here and/or contacting help@ltctrendtracker.com for assistance.

Click here to see the full Nursing Home Data Compendium for 2015.

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