Posting of Nursing Home Inspections

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

On June 4, 2020, CMS posted QSO-20-32.  Read my blog on that notification here.  The subject matter of that QSO is the Release of COVID-19 Nursing Home Data.  Later that same day, another QSO was posted:  QSO 20-33-NH … Posting of Nursing Home Inspections.

This seems to be the difference between the QSO-20-32-NH and the QSO-20-33-NH:

Posting of Health Inspections

CMS has a longstanding commitment to transparency and posts state inspection findings and reports on the Nursing Home Compare website. With the survey prioritization that began on March 4th, 2020, CMS will also be posting the results of the complaint investigations and targeted infection control surveys in a new, downloadable method. All surveys that were conducted on or after March 4th, 2020 will be available through a link on the Nursing Home Compare homepage. The link will take users to a file that includes the following information:

• A spreadsheet listing each health inspection conducted, the facility’s demographic information, and findings (i.e., citations) from the inspection.

• A file with the Statement of Deficiencies (CMS-2567) from each inspection at a facility level.

• A spreadsheet showing the number and percentage of surveys that each state has conducted.

This information will be posted on June 4th, 2020 on the Nursing Home Compare home page, in the “Spotlight” section and will be updated on a monthly basis.

While the results of health inspections conducted on or after March 4, 2020 will be posted publicly, they will not be used to calculate a nursing home’s health inspection star ratings. Per our April 24, 2020 memorandum, the inspection domain of the Nursing Home Compare website will be held constant temporarily due to the recent prioritization and suspension of certain surveys, to ensure the rating system reflects fair information for consumers.

[Just an odd observation: the positioning of the posting today (June 6, 2020) is reversed, with QSO-20-32-NH atop QSO-20-33-NH. I do not recall seeing the QSO-20-33-NH posting yesterday afternoon when I saw the QSO-20-32-NH posting and blogged on that.]