CMS Updates Nursing Home and Hospital Compare Websites

Information Week reports that The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) redesigned its Hospital Compare and Nursing Home Compare websites, allowing patients and their families to navigate more efficiently and find important information such as data from nursing home inspections and other quality measures.

The article quotes Shari M. Ling, MD, CMS’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, “The refinements improve the experience of navigation for the general public and also provide additional data that gives Americans more relevant information when using these compare tools,” Ling said, adding: “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we have included new information on the ownership of nursing homes and have updated the data for the quality measures previously available on the site.

Ling also cites the following improvements in the article:

  • specific findings from nursing home inspections
  • a new measure that reports data on a nursing home’s use of anti-psychotic medications
  • percentage of residents who report experiencing moderate to severe pain while staying in the nursing home
  • potential health risks of imaging services such as exposure to unnecessary radiation
  • users access to information on the frequency of infections that develop in a hospital
  • how often patients have to be readmitted to the hospital.

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