Nursing Home Ratings in Need of an Overhaul
The Nursing Home rating system has been overhauled recently, by the release of new federal quality standards guidelines. These new guidelines are in place to counter an inflated rating system that previously saw 80% of nursing homes receiving a rating of either four or five stars. This was prevalent even with care standards vary widely between states. Now, that number is closer to 50%.
Nearly a Third of All Nursing Home Rankings Drop
Thousands of nursing care homes across the country have lost one or more of their existing stars. Less than three percent dropped more than two stars, one of which being the Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Carlisle PA. The Claremont saw their five star rating drop to a two star rating overnight. One hospital administrator there noted that although the rating changed overnight, the level of care did not.
While it’s true that the Claremont was told about some problems found during an inspection in December, the issues have since been resolved. The problem is, their rating will not be readdressed until the hospital is reevaluated by the Health Department in 2016.
Compare Nursing Homes Online
Medicare.gov offers an online tool for comparing information about nursing homes. The comparison tool is only for nursing homes that are certified to participate in Medicare or Medicaid. The site also lists the ranking criteria being used in the new quality rankings.
Be Careful When Choosing a Nursing Home or Care Facility
The new tougher standard put in place by the federal government are meant to provide a more accurate means of making an informed decision about which nursing home or care facility you choose for your loved one(s). As experienced nursing home abuse attorneys, Handler Henning & Rosenberg is in favor of this new rating system.
Help for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse or Elder Neglect
Nursing homes are entrusted to provide care for our elderly loved ones, but unfortunately, we see too many cases of elder neglect and nursing home abuse. Tragically, many of these cases go unreported for a length of time because patients may be threatened or simply too vulnerable to fight for themselves. We are here to help your family by providing a legal team to fight for your loved one’s rights to compensation. Contact us today for a free case evaluation about your rights.