The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began posting the first set of underlying coronavirus disease nursing home data on June 4.
On April 19, 2020, CMS announced the requirement that nursing homes to inform residents, their families and their representatives of COVID-19 cases in their facilities, according to an agency release. In addition, nursing homes are required to report COVID-19 cases and deaths directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Data released June 4 shows that as of May 31, about 13,600 nursing homes — approximately 88 percent of the 15,400 Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes — had reported the required data to the CDC, the release stated. They reported more than 95,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and almost 32,000 deaths.
The next set of data will be updated in two weeks, then CMS plans to update it weekly.
For a quick overview of the nursing home COVID-19 data visit, cms.gov/files/document/covid-nursing-home-reporting-numbers-5-31-20.pdf. To view nursing home COVID-19 data, visit data.cms.gov/Covid19-nursing-home-data. To view the state survey memo on COVID-19 nursing home data, visit cms.gov/medicareprovider-enrollment-and-certificationsurveycertificationgeninfopolicy-and-memos-states-and/release-covid-19-nursing-home-data.
Targeted Inspection Results
From March 4 to May 31, CMS and its network of state-based inspectors conducted more 8,300 surveys with the results of a total of 5,700 available June 4. The results of the completed surveys and the reports are available on Nursing Home Compare. CMS plans to post the results of the inspections monthly on an ongoing basis as they are completed, the release stated.
Inspections results can be found at medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html?. Survey reports can be found at cms.gov/files/zip/nursing-home-infection-control-surveys.zip.
The state survey memo on nursing home inspections is available at cms.gov/medicareprovider-enrollment-and-certificationsurveycertificationgeninfopolicy-and-memos-states-and/posting-nursing-home-inspections.
An FAQ on nursing home COVID-19 data and inspection results can be found at cms.gov/files/document/covid-nursing-home-data-release-external-faqs.pdf.