State Health Department Announces Innovative Enhanced On-line New York State Nursing Home Profile

Profile Highlights Key Nursing Home Quality Measures

ALBANY, NY, December 12, 2006 - State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D. M.P.H., Dr.P.H., today unveiled the expanded New York State Nursing Home Profile web site, www.health.ny.gov which highlights key nursing home quality measures, allowing the public to easily obtain important, up-to-date information.

"Thanks to Governor Pataki's leadership, the new NYSNHP web site will provide the public with accurate and reliable information about New York State's nursing homes, enabling those needing nursing home services and their families to make better decisions when choosing nursing home care," Dr. Novello said. "It aims to enhance communication between patients and nursing home administrators and staff, making the health care decision process easier and more effective."

The web site will enable the public to:

  • easily search for nursing homes of interest by name, region, county or selected distance within a chosen zip code;
  • identify nursing homes providing special services such as adult day care, respite care or services to children in need of long term care;
  • compare nursing homes on the basis of up to 19 quality measures including the percent of residents whose need for help with daily activities has increased, the percent of residents given influenza vaccine during flu season and the percent of residents who were assessed and given pneumococcal vaccination; and
  • obtain important and up-to-date information regarding nursing home inspection reports and complaint investigation history, as well as recent enforcement actions taken by the Department.

New York State Office for the Aging Director Neal E. Lane said, "Making the decision to pursue nursing home care is an extraordinarily difficult one for elders and the families who love them. Once this decision is reached, providing New Yorkers with the tools to make the best choice possible is not only very helpful, it is also very compassionate. I applaud this development of the Nursing Home Profile web site."

Arthur Aaron Levin, MPH from the Center for Medical Consumers said, "With the addition of Nursing Home Profiles to the DOH web site, New Yorkers are in a position to make more informed choices about their care or the care of a family member. These new, user-friendly profiles represent another step in the direction of consumer and patient empowerment."

"The Department of Health has done an admirable job on the Nursing Home Profile Webpage," said Richard J. Mollot, Executive Director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition. "It provides important information and resources on nursing homes across the state and will be a useful starting point for consumers who are assessing nursing homes for themselves or a loved one."

"AARP believes this web site will be a valuable tool to help New Yorkers make more informed decisions when placing loved ones in a nursing home," said Lois Aronstein, AARP New York State Director. "Having access to key information such as the quality of a nursing home is critical to making smart decisions about long term care services."

"This website is a great service to older New Yorkers and their families and caregivers who have had very little detailed information readily available to them to compare local nursing homes and to review their inspection records. We are planning to educate our members about this site and urge them to educate the community organizations they participate in," said Mike Burgess, Executive Director, New York State Alliance for Retired Americans.

Experience has shown that since the Department began posting health plan quality measurement data, the delivery of care for patients in managed care has shown improvement. For example, the Department's 2005 eQarr managed care report found that more patients enrolled in health plans are satisfied with the care they receive from doctors; more pregnant women are accessing prenatal care; and, a higher number of patients with diabetes are accessing comprehensive care from physicians to help them better manage and control their chronic illness.

The New York State Hospital Profile and the New York State Nursing Home Profile complement information that has been available through the Department's New York State Physician Profile since 2002.

With the assistance of the NYSNHP, consumers and their family members will have critical information that is both current and readily available to help them make informed medical choices. The Department encourages the public to review this information and visit nursing homes that meet their needs.

For more information on the NYSNHP web site, please visit the Department's web site at www.health.ny.gov.