CMS and CDC’s COVID-19 Nursing Home Data Has Glaring Issues

“When the federal government said it would release data on COVID-19 in nursing homes last month, it promised to offer some of the transparency the state had fought to prevent.”

“However, data from over a third of the 146 Arizona facilities included in the new dataset is missing from the first weekly update, and it appears the feds may be to blame.”

“The data is being collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which is responsible for standards in nursing homes…”

“Cheryl Knuup, the facility’s senior vice president of health services, said that they report data to the state and county as well as the CDC each week, but it’s a time-consuming process because each system is different. While they’ve received calls in the past about data CMS has shared, they’re not worried about this lapse, she said…” Read the full article here.

Source: Fed’s COVID-19 Nursing Home Data Has Glaring Issues – By Erasmus Baxter, June 17, 2020. Phoenix New Times.

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