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New Analysis Finds Nursing Homes Underreport Problems on Certain Quality Measures

Skilled Nursing News writes self-reported nursing home data for three key quality metrics does not line up with subsequent hospital diagnoses, a new analysis of public data has concluded. One category, pressure ulcers, showed direct evidence of underreporting, according to the report from Integra Med Analytics, with more than half of skilled nursing facilities underreporting the prevalence of pressure ulcers by a factor of two.

The report compared self-reported data from the nursing home Minimum Data Set on pressure ulcers, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and falls against hospital-generated records for residents who were readmitted; to eliminate conditions that may have developed during the hospital stay, the researchers only counted problems listed as “present on admission.”

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