Casey, Wyden Applaud Administration for Publishing User-Friendly COVID-19 Vaccination Nursing Home Data
Following multiple requests from Casey and Wyden, CMS is now publishing data updated biweekly on Care Compare
Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senate Aging Committee Chair Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) applauded the Biden Administration for publishing user-friendly data on the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations among residents and workers at more than 15,000 individual nursing homes across the country. The move comes after multiple requests from Senators Casey and Wyden to put this data in the hands of nursing home residents, workers and families.
“Patients, families and workers deserve transparent and timely data on vaccination rates in nursing homes,” said Senator Casey. “I applaud the Biden Administration for putting COVID-19 vaccine data at the fingertips of nursing home residents and their families, which will help them make better-informed decisions about their care, and allow nursing home workers to better gauge the safety of their work. COVID-19 devastated nursing homes, and my hope is that this important transparency measure will help make this important part of the health care system a safer place to receive care and work.”
“This important step will help families easily access key data about the safety of their loved ones,” said Senator Wyden. “COVID-19 caused untold tragedy for hundreds of thousands of Americans living and working in nursing homes. With these easy to access tools, families will no longer have to wonder how safe a prospective or current nursing home might be for their loved ones.”
On September 10, 2021, Senators Casey and Wyden called for improving consumer access to COVID-19 vaccine data in nursing homes by placing it on Care Compare, the one-stop shop for consumers seeking to find out more information about providers participating in the Medicare program. Senator Casey also authored an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer calling for the Administration to act. In March 2021, the senators called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to collect and release this data, which the Biden Administration began doing in June—however, the data was previously hosted on separate websites that were difficult to navigate. The senators first called for nursing home COVID-19 vaccine data to be collected and published in December 2020, at the time vaccines for the disease first became available.
Nearly 200,000 people living and working in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Senators Casey and Wyden have been pushing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to increase transparency about the impact of COVID-19 in nursing homes since early 2020, when they first called on the Trump Administration to publish data about infections, deaths and shortages of workers and supplies.
The Care Compare website is https://www.medicare.gov/care-compare.