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How to Update Nursing Home (NH)/Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Demographic Data

Guidance for quarterly updates to NH/SNF demographic data


Issued by: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Issue Date: September 22, 2020

SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) quality data on Care Compare are updated on a quarterly basis.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be transitioning to a new data source for providers’ demographic data for all five Post-Acute Care (PAC) provider types (Skilled Nursing Facilities / Nursing Facilities [SNF/NFs], Home Health Agencies [HHAs], Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities [IRFs], Long-Term Care Hospitals [LTCHs] and Hospices). These demographic data include such items as the provider name, provider-mailing address, provider physical address, State, ZIP Code, etc. These provider demographic data are displayed on the Provider and Quality Measure reports generated from the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) Reporting application for Hospice providers and reports generated from Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) for SNF/NH, HHA, IRF, and LTCH providers. Additionally, these same demographic data are displayed on the public reporting websites such as the Provider Data Catalog (PDC).

Historically, provider demographic data have been maintained in the Automated Survey Processing Environment or ASPEN software; however, CMS will be transitioning to use the demographic information from Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS). While this transition is underway, a final date when all demographic data will be obtained from PECOS has not been identified. During this transition, all SNF/NF providers will be responsible to ensure their latest demographic data are updated and available in both the ASPEN and PECOS systems.

A referencing document that outlines the steps each PAC provider should follow can be accessed in the Downloads section of this webpage. Should you have questions regarding this updated process, please contact the iQIES help desk by email at or by phone at (800) 339-9313.

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