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Maryland Guide to Long Term Care Services 

The Maryland Guide to Long Term Care Services includes several measures a consumer can use to evaluate how well Maryland nursing homes give care to residents: 

  1. Quality Measures that evaluate the way care is given (process) and the results of care (outcome)
  2. Experience of Care Measures that evaluate how well a responsible party (close family member or friend) or the resident rated the care
  3. Results of Health and Fire Safety Inspection Reports performed on-site
  4. Rates of Influenza Vaccination of nursing home staff

Quality Measures reports 20 measures, 14 that evaluate the care for long stay residents and six measures that evaluate care for short stay residents.  Examples of measures include how well pain is managed; residents that develop pressure ulcers (bed sores) in the nursing home, and residents given influenza vaccination during the flu season. Quality measures are calculated by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from the data supplied by each nursing home using the Minimum Data Set (MDS).    

Experience of Care Measures include two reports. The Family Experience of Care survey reports the results of surveys completed by a responsible party for a resident of a nursing home.  The Maryland Health Care Commission conducts this report every other year, with the most recent survey conducted in 2016. The Resident Experience of Care survey is competed by a discharged nursing home resident who stayed in a nursing home for a brief stay, usually for rehabilitation after surgery or an acute hospitalization for illness. The most recent year that this survey was conducted was 2015.  

Health and Fire Safety Inspection Reports are obtained from inspections completed by the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ). OHCQ visits each nursing home to determine if the nursing home is meeting federal and state regulations. Inspections are done to ensure that the nursing home residents receive safe, quality care and services in accordance with rules established by CMS and the state. Each nursing home is required by law to have the latest survey results on available for public inspection. 

Influenza Vaccination Rates of Nursing Home Staff  It is important that health care workers who provide care to people 65 years or older or those with medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or kidney disease get vaccinated against influenza, as advanced age and complicated medical conditions put a person at higher risk for influenza-related complications and death. The rates displayed report the percentage of staff vaccinated in the nursing home compared to the statewide average (the percentage of staff vaccinated in all Maryland nursing homes). 

To find the quality measures for a specific Maryland nursing home in the Maryland Guide to Long Term Care Services, go to Services Search http://mhcc.maryland.gov/consumerinfo/longtermcare/SearchPage.aspx

  1. Select nursing home in step 1
  2. Select county(ies) in step 2
  3. Click on  “search

All nursing homes located in the selected county(ies) will appear below the map listed in alphabetical order. Select an individual nursing home by clicking on the name. Opening each tab on the individual nursing home page shows the results for the different measures: 

  1. Federal quality measure scores  tab shows the current quality measures for the selected nursing home
  2. Health and fire safety results tab shows the results of inspections
  3. Family or resident experience of care tab has the survey results
  4. Staff influenza vaccination rates show the vaccination rates for the individual facility compared to the Maryland average    

Maryland Nursing Home Performance Surveys

2016 Maryland Nursing Home Family Experience of Care Survey - Statewide Report

2015 - 2016 Maryland Nursing Home and Assisted Living Staff Influenza Vaccination Survey Summary and Findings  

2015 Maryland Nursing Home Resident Experience of Care Survey - Statewide Report 


Last Updated: 3/6/2017