Long-Stay Hospitalization Quality Measure:
CMS continues to focus on reducing hospitalizations to improve the health and safety of nursing home residents. Hospitalizations are expensive, disruptive, and place residents at risk for an increased decline in health. Over the last several years, CMS has launched initiatives aimed at reducing hospitalizations, such as the Skilled Nursing Facility Value Based Purchasing program and the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents. In 2015, CMS added a quality measure to the Nursing Home Compare website and Five Star Quality Rating System which reported the percentage of short-stay residents who were re-hospitalized. Posting this quality measure was aimed at informing stakeholders about the rates of re-hospitalizations for each nursing home, and incentivizing nursing homes to implement interventions to reduce these instances and improve quality. Similarly, CMS will begin posting rates of hospitalizations of long-stay residents for the same objectives. In July 2018, CMS will provide rates of hospitalizations for long-stay residents in each facility’s confidential “Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Ratings of Nursing Homes Provider Rating Report.”
In October 2018, the long-stay hospitalization measure will be posted on the Nursing Home Compare website as a long-stay quality measure. In the spring of 2019, this quality measure will be included in the Five Star Quality Rating System.
Additionally, in July 2018 we will update the other claims-based quality measures reported on the Nursing Home Compare website.
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