Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"Best Nursing Homes" on the Rise

http://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homesRachel Reeves

Today, U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings on skilled nursing care centers, called “Best Nursing Homes.” The publication derives its rankings from CMS’ Five-Star Ratings System, naming all those which achieved a five-star rating a “best nursing home.”

In 2014, U.S. News found five-star centers were increasing dramatically, with 25% of America’s skilled nursing care centers earning the distinction this year, compared to 19% in 2013.

AHCA’s own Dr. David Gifford helped explain the rising tide in an article previewing the release of Best Nursing Homes 2014:
“For example, says Gifford, large numbers of nursing homes have bolstered their staffing, allowing nurses to spend more time with residents and potentially improving their staffing star rating. He also says nursing homes are providing better clinical care to residents, which can push up the star rating in that category. Facilities are paying more attention to cutting down on the use of antipsychotic drugs that make residents easier to handle, says Gifford, and are becoming more diligent about taking precautions to prevent bedsores.” 
U.S. News found that California has the most five-star centers, followed by Florida, Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania.

U.S. News also provides a searchable database on all nursing centers in the country, with data and information on care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more.

As part of the series, U.S. News offers additional articles on how to pay for care, spot warning signs of bad care, understand how the federal Affordable Care Act affects senior care, and otherwise manage the emotional and financial challenges of dealing with an aging loved one.

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