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CMS Releases Update to Skilled Nursing Facility Utilization, Payment Data

CMS has posted the annual release of the Skilled Nursing Facility Public Use File (Skilled Nursing Facility PUF) with data for 2015. The Skilled Nursing Facility PUF presents summarized information on services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by skilled nursing facilities. It contains information on utilization, payment (Medicare payment and Medicare standardized payment), submitted charges, and beneficiary demographic and chronic condition indicators organized by CMS Certification Number (6-digit provider identification number), Resource Utilization Group (RUG), and state of service. The new 2015 PUF has information for 15,030 skilled nursing facilities, over 2.5 million stays, and over $27 billion in Medicare payments for 2015. As in the previous version, demographic and chronic condition information is included in this release.  CMS protects beneficiaries’ personal information in all public data releases.

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