AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released comprehensive, facility-identifying data on nursing home with COVID-19 cases and inspections done since early March..
CMS has been gathering COVID-19 case information for weeks from facilities throughout the country. Many states already provide facility-level data of COVID-19 case numbers and deaths in nursing homes, but Texas does not. CMS said it would be posting the data online later this afternoon.
The federal data will provide the first comprehensive information with specific locations and cases. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has refused to release information identifying cases in specific nursing homes, saying it is prohibited from releasing the information due to health privacy laws.
KXAN will update this report with more information, and the federal data, when it becomes available.