Chapter 3. Characteristics of Participating Nursing Homes

2011 User Comparative Database Report

This chapter presents information about the distribution of database nursing homes by bed size, ownership, geographic region, and additional nursing home characteristics. Although the nursing homes that voluntarily submitted data to the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture (NH SOPS) Comparative Database do not constitute a statistically selected sample, the characteristics of these nursing homes are fairly consistent with the distribution of nursing homes included in the Nursing Home Compare database of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The characteristics of NH SOPS database nursing homes by bed size, ownership, geographic region, and additional characteristics are presented in the following tables and are compared to the distribution of nursing homes included in the CMS Nursing Home Compare database.i

Highlights 

  • Database nursing homes represent a range of bed sizes and geographic regions.
  • Just under half the database nursing homes are for profit (48 percent).
  • Overall, the characteristics of the 226 database nursing homes are similar to the distribution of nursing homes in Nursing Home Compare.

Bed Size 

Table 3-1 shows the distribution of database nursing homes and respondents by nursing home bed size. Overall, the distribution of database nursing homes by bed size is similar to the distribution of nursing homes in Nursing Home Compare.

Ownership 

As shown in Table 3-2, just under half the database nursing homes are for profit (48 percent), which is a much smaller percentage than in the Nursing Home Compare database.

Geographic Region 

Table 3-3 shows the distribution of database nursing homes by geographic regions defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.ii Overall, the distribution of database nursing homes by region is similar to the distribution of nursing homes in Nursing Home Compare.

Additional Nursing Home Characteristics

Tables 3-4 to 3-6 show the distribution of database nursing homes by whether owned or leased by multifacility organizations, presence of resident/family councils, and participation in the Quality Indicator Survey (QIS).iii Compared with the population of nursing homes in the Nursing Home Compare database, more NH SOPS database nursing homes were owned or leased by a multifacility organization and participated in the QIS. The percentages of nursing homes with resident and/or family councils are similar across the two databases.


i CMS Nursing Home Compare data were obtained from the Nursing Home Compare—About the Nursing Home database, available at: http://www.medicare.gov/Download/DownloadDB.asp?%20language=Englishversion=default (accessed February 17, 2011).
ii Note: States are categorized into regions defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as follows:
Northeast: CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
Midwest: IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI
South: AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
West: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
iii The Quality Indicator Survey (QIS) is a computer-assisted long-term care survey used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and selected State Survey Agencies to determine if Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes are meeting Federal requirements. The QIS is a two-staged process whereby surveyors systematically review specific nursing home requirements and objectively investigate any regulatory areas that are triggered. More information on the QIS is available at: http://www.cms.gov/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/downloads/SCLetter08-21.pdf

Current as of August 2011
Internet Citation: Chapter 3. Characteristics of Participating Nursing Homes: 2011 User Comparative Database Report. August 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/nursing-home/2011/nhsurv11ch3.html