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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Post acute care: Improvement in walking.

Measure Source

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Nursing Home Quality Initiative.


1.94 Nursing facility care: Post acute care: Percent of residents who walk as well or better, by state, 2002.

Data Source

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Data from the Minimum Data Set. Downloaded from the CMS Nursing Home Compare web site November 2002:


Patients with a valid SNF PPS 14-day assessment and a valid preceding SNF PPS 5-day assessment.


SNF PPS patients who satisfy either of the following conditions:

Independence in walking is maintained from the SNF PPS 5-day assessment to the SNF PPS 14-day assessment, or

Improvement in walking ability is evidenced from the SNF PPS 5-day assessment to the SNF PPS 14-day assessment.


Excludes admission assessments.

Statistics are calculated based on data from five target quarters occurring between 2000 and 2002.

PPS refers to Medicare Prospective Payment System for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).

See CMS website for exact measure specification:

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