New Quality Measures Added to Nursing Home Compare

CMS has updated Nursing Home Compare to include the five new Quality Measures announced earlier this year. This update was expected on July 27, but was published on August 10, 2016 after a brief delay. The five new QMs are:

  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)

As previously mentioned, the final QM that was announced related to use of anti-anxiety/hypnotic medications has not been added into the Five Star Rating calculation at this time. According to CMS, “it has been difficult to determine appropriate nursing home benchmarks for the acceptable use of these medications.”

Read the CMS Fact sheet for more information.

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