The CMS data cover all deficiencies identified during each home’s most-recent periodic review, known as a standard survey. It also includes complaint investigations from at least the past 12 months.
Nursing Home Inspect allows users to search all inspection reports by keyword to look for problems that may appear across the country. Results can be sorted by state or severity level. Our tip sheet offers suggestions about how to get the best search results.
In addition to adding more reports to its site last month, CMS stopped redacting residents’ genders in inspection reports — though it continues to redact information about residents’ diagnoses and medications.
As of late August, the app included 134,602 deficiencies from nearly 15,000 nursing homes. They represent 26,990 separate visits by inspectors.
The inspectors rated the majority of the deficiencies, nearly 57 percent, with a severity score of D, on a scale of A (least severe) to L (most severe). A “D” score signals an isolated instance in which the violation created the potential for harm, but in which no actual harm occurred.
The most common deficiency, cited 8,281 times, was a home’s failure to ensure that it was free of accident hazards and that each resident received adequate supervision and assistance to prevent accidents. The second most-common related to infection control. A recent blog post said nursing home inspectors have increasingly cited homes for the failure of their staffs to wash their hands.
Nursing home industry officials have cautioned that while the reports can be of value when choosing a home, they are only a snapshot and don’t highlight good practices in the home. The American Health Care Association, a nursing home industry group, has launched a program that each year recognizes homes that it says are working to improve the quality of care.