State Health Department's Website on Nursing Home Data Experiences Unprecedented Volume

ALBANY, April 11, 2005 - New York State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., today announced that the State Health Department's newly redesigned website on nursing home data has experienced unprecedented volume, with more than 100,000 hits since it was launched on March 23.

"The overwhelming public response to our expanded website on nursing homes is clear evidence that New Yorkers are using this comprehensive information to help them make informative choices about their long-term care options," Dr. Novello said.

The Department posts information on the outcomes of routine annual inspections of all 673 nursing homes statewide. The expanded data includes more descriptive information about licensed nursing homes, including:

  • Medicare and Medicaid certification status;
  • Available services and accommodations;
  • Latest available occupancy rates;
  • Ownership and administration — including a listing of other long-term care facilities they operate;
  • Local ombudsman representative and relevant contact information; and
  • Surveillance history — including information on complaint investigations in addition to routine annual survey outcomes.

This effort builds on the Governor's initiatives to improve the quality of care and service delivery in our state's long-term care facilities. In 1999, the Governor authorized the Department of Health to increase the number of nursing home inspectors and investigators to ensure comprehensive, thorough, and timely review of nursing home care and to further strengthen the Department's oversight capabilities.