CHA News Article

OIG Issues Report on Adverse Events in Skilled-Nursing Facilities

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a report that examines potentially avoidable adverse events at skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs). The report concludes that one-third of Medicare beneficiaries in SNFs experienced adverse events or temporary harm during their stays, and that 59 percent of the events were preventable. As a result of the report, the OIG recommended that the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) work together to increase education and patient safety awareness at SNFs, and that CMS instruct surveyors to review facility practices regarding adverse events. A copy of the report is attached.