Impact of COVID-19 on Medicare Beneficiaries in Nursing Homes

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

The Impact of COVID-19 on Medicare Beneficiaries in Nursing Homes Analysis presents preliminary information on the impact of COVID-19 on Medicare beneficiaries in a nursing home.  Specifically, the analysis focuses on beneficiaries with a COVID-19 diagnosis or hospitalization by institutional setting (i.e., nursing home versus community), as well as other demographic and clinical characteristics between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. CMS developed this analysis using preliminary data received by the agency as of March 19, 2021.

Nursing home residents account for only 2% of the Medicare population, yet they have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 when compared to community residents.  

The 39-page preliminary analysis is found here.  Below are a few of the charts from the data:

I encourage you and your team to review the entire analysis as it provides many points of interest and certainly food for thought and future planning.