Yesterday, CMS began posting the first elements from the Quality Reporting Program. There are five elements that contain data, compared to the national average.
- Percent of residents developing new or worsening pressure injuries
- Percent of residents experiencing one or more falls with major injury
- Percent of residents who had a functional assessment on admission and the outcomes incorporated on the careplan and assessed at discharge
- Medicare spending per beneficiary
- Percent of successful return to home or community
A sixth measure regarding avoidable, 30 day hospital readmission was not reported as CMS is still trying to determine how to best present the data.
The above data is available for each SNF on Nursing Home Compare. To view, go to the website, choose a facility and then delve into the “Quality of Resident Care” tab. At the bottom of the screen, expand the sections on short-stay and long-stay to view all Quality Measures including this latest set. Remember that the data in most cases is more than nine months to a year old (observations between 2016 and 2017). So what does it mean? Reg talks more about that here.