CMS revamps hospital and nursing home sites
A Medicare website that compares hospitals, and another that that provides comparisons for nursing home options, have been revamped to provide more and better information.
The sites, maintained by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), are designed to help Americans make informed choices about hospitals and nursing homes
“These enhanced tools give patients, their families, and caregivers the ability to make an informed decision on where to seek care by looking at how well hospitals and nursing homes are performing on important quality measures, said Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “Anyone looking to compare hospitals or nursing homes – not just those on Medicare – can take advantage of these websites.”
Both sites contain important data on how well the facilities perform on quality measures – such as the frequency of infections that develop in the hospital, how often patients have to be readmitted to the hospital, and the percentage of nursing residents who report having moderate to severe pain while staying in the nursing homes. Researchers will now be able to access the data on both of these sites through mobile ready applications.
On both websites, navigation has been improved for consumers, who will find large and easy to use maps for pinpointing hospitals, and new search functionalities that allow the user to input the name of a hospital, officials say. Glossaries and web resources have been enhanced to make the information easier to understand.
“These new updates to the Hospital and the Nursing Home Compare websites are the next stage of transparently sharing data to drive improvement in our health system,” said Patrick Conway, chief medical officer for CMS.
In addition, new information is available on each of the websites. Updates to Nursing Home Compare include: