News Brief: Nursing home info available to the public

Consumers in six states now have access to comparative quality data about nursing homes. It is part of a pilot project that will be rolled out nationally by October.

For now, consumers in Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Washington will have information on data including: use of restraints, bedsores, infections, pain management, and use of anti-psychotic medications.

PRO-West, a Seattle-based nonprofit health care quality improvement organization, will collect the data, which also will include information on pneumonia, respiratory infection, septicemia, urinary tract infection, viral hepatitis, wound infection, fever, and recurrent lung aspiration.

Currently, only 20 states publish nursing home quality data. The new data will be available on the Medicare web site at www.medicare.gov.