The government's Five-Star system for rating nursing homes does not reflect the quality of life experienced by residents with preserved cognition, according to newly published research.
A small-town conflict over signage has pitted a New Hampshire nursing home against its neighbors -- and might suggest some larger trends in long-term care.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has just rolled out its latest version of Nursing Home Compare. If your facility garnered five stars, you probably love it. If you received one star, you surely hate it.
Some things I believe and some things I know. And I believe I know there is nothing more important for long-term care providers to do than getting better prepared for an intensified push to decrease rehospitalization rates.
The nation's first nursing home rating system is an important tool for consumers, but changes can be expected, said the country's highest health official on Tuesday. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said criticism about always assigning certain percentages of facilities "excellent" or "failing" grades is "serious" and deserves further consideration.
Nursing home operators can get a look at their newly updated quality ratings in the federal government database starting Tuesday. Operators can access their facility's individualized report from the Minimum Data Set State Welcome pages on the state servers used for MDS data submission.