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1/3 of Nursing Home Industry Rocked by Scoring System Reform

Modesett Williams - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Medicare's "Nursing Home Compare" website rates more than 15,000 nursing homes across the United States on a scale of 1-5, and this past Friday, they changed their ranking system to endorse stricter standards. The magnitude of this change is enormous: the majority of nursing home's ratings fell dramatically. 

Let's talk about the stats that came as a direct result of this stricter ranking system:

-1/3 of nursing home's star ratings declined (that's right, 1/3 of the industry)
-63% of nursing homes saw a decline in their quality-measure rating
-Before the change, 80% of nursing homes received 4/5 stars. After the change, less than half did. 
-13% of nursing homes saw a decline in their staffing scores
-Before the recalibration, 8.5% of nursing homes were ranked 1/5 stars. After, 13% were.

Before the introduction of this reformed rating system, nursing homes were able to report their own measures without being monitored. However, the new system cross-checks all submitted information to avoid false documentation. In the end, Medicare's new nursing home standards will raise the bar for nursing home quality and will force these institutions to offer better care to their residents. Medicare's new system is helping families across the U.S. get accurate information they can trust about these facilities. This is the right path Texas should be on to offer improved care to our elderly loved ones.

For the full article, check out: www.nytimes.com/2015/02/21/business/nursing-home-ratings-fall-as-tougher-standards-take-effect.html?_r=2

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