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Data Errors Identified in CMS Data on COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

US News writes of data mistakes plaguing an initiative from CMS promising more transparency about the coronavirus’ spread in nursing homes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released site-specific data on COVID-19 deaths and confirmed and suspected cases for most of the country’s 15,400 Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes last week. But reporting from multiple news outlets shows the data is riddled with errors.

Nursing homes and at least one state health department have contested the federal information. Some nursing homes said the data for their facilities did not match what they’d sent in.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma attributed potential errors mainly to nursing homes reporting information incorrectly. The agency also withheld data for 3% of nursing homes that reported information that did not pass quality-control checks. About 88% of nursing homes had reported data by May 31 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the data was posted by CMS.

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