What Medicare and Medicaid’s Ratings Really Say About Nursing Homes

For all of its flaws, Medicare and Medicaid’s Nursing Home Compare five-star rating system gives consumers a head-start when searching for a facility. Now, the Kaiser Family Foundation has taken a closer look at the ratings, and reached some interesting conclusions:
In a system that rates facilities from 1-5 stars, about one-third have low 1 or 2 star ratings, while about 45 percent received 4 or 5 stars.
Non-profits, which represent only about one-quarter of nursing facilities, generally get higher ratings than for-profits.
Smaller facilities score higher than larger ones.
Nursing homes affiliated with continuing care communities have higher overall ratings than those that are not.
Facilities in states with large numbers of low-income older residents rate more poorly than those in states with fewer poor seniors. Note: This looks at state residents, not residents of individual facilities.
There is a wide variation in quality among states. In 5 states, more than 20 percent of facilities received 1 star ratings. In 7 states, at least 30 percent received top scores.
About two-thirds of US counties have at least one 4 or 5 star facility, but one-third have none.

from Forbes – Business http://ift.tt/1c5flco
via Abogado Aly Business Consulting

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