Friday, June 5, 2020

Correcting NHSN Data Errors

On June 4, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly released individual facility data related to COVID-19 on Nursing Home Compare. Some centers who reviewed their data, have found errors in the data as it appears on Nursing Home Compare. Centers are encouraged to check Nursing Home Compare for data accuracy.  

Nursing homes are required to report data to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). The data is then submitted from NHSN to CMS for upload into Nursing Home Compare.

Centers who review Nursing Home Compare and identify issues to their data may make corrections to data entered into the NHSN system by:
  • Logging into the NHSN COVID-19 LTCF module 
  • Choose the relevant date on the calendar feature
  • Edit the inaccurate data
  • Click “SAVE” before exiting
See this help document.

NHSN submits data to CMS every Monday morning. When CMS receives the data, the center’s revisions will be reflected with the next update of the CMS Nursing Home Compare webpage. The change will not be immediate due to the delayed upload to Nursing Home Compare.

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