COVID-19 Skilled Care Center Scorecard

By: Leemore S. Dafny and Steven S. Lee

As the number of COVID-19 cases nationwide continues to grow, many hospitals will need to convert acute care beds into intensive care beds, and to discharge stable, COVID-positive patients to post-acute care settings such as nursing homes (also known as skilled nursing facilities, or SNFs).  In addition, nursing homes unable to care for COVID patients requiring intensive support services - or unable to isolate their COVID-positive residents - will require safe and high-quality options. To meet these challenges, we recommend designating specific nursing homes (SNFs) to serve as "COVID-19 Skilled Care Centers" (CSSCs). This site provides public health officials, policymakers, and other interested parties with information that can be used to assess the COVID-19 capability of SNFs in their metropolitan area.  For details on how the scorecard is constructed, please see our blog post, published in Health Affairs in April 2020.

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