The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted the first set of underlying coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) nursing home data. Nursing homes are required to report COVID-19 cases and deaths directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CMS is also posting the results from the targeted inspections announced on March 4, 2020, to allow inspectors to focus on the most serious health and safety threats like infectious diseases and abuse during the pandemic.
COVID-19 Nursing Home Data: The data released by CMS shows that as of May 31, 2020, about 13,600 nursing homes – approximately 88 percent of the 15,400 Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes – had reported the required data to the (CDC). These facilities reported over 95,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and almost 32,000 deaths. The next set of data will be updated in two weeks. Going forward after that date, CMS plans to update the data weekly.