Federal Ratings for Nursing Homes Released

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Dec 26, 2008 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights

Approximately 16,000 nursing homes received their first report card from the federal government last week.  Early analysis reveals non-profit homes are more likely to provide superior care than their for-profit rivals.

The new rating system assigns homes one to five stars for quality, staffing and health inspections, in addition to an overall score.

The scores represent thousands of inspections records, complaint investigations and quality measures, such as how many nursing staff hours were provided each day to patients, how many patients developed bedsores and how many were placed in restraints.

Analysis of the data found:

  • Twenty-seven percent of the 10,542 for-profit nursing homes were one-star, compared with 13% of the 4,182 non-profits (2,846 for-profit homes vs. 543 non-profit homes).
  • Nineteen percent of non-profit facilities got five stars, compared with 9% of for-profits.  Most non-profits are owned by corporations, while about one-fifth are run by faith-based groups.

Studies show a lot of the for-profit homes have low staffing, and it shows up in their quality, says Charlene Harrington, professor emeritus of nursing at the University of California-San Francisco and a member of Medicares technical advisory committee for the ratings. 

For more information on the Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Rating System, click on the following link http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ .

Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice, S.C. is a Wisconsin law firm with a devoted nursing home neglect practice.  Our nursing home abuse and neglect trial team has successfully represented abused and neglected residents in almost every county.  We know Wisconsin.

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