Health and Human Services (HHS) provides people with Medicare and Medicaid a tool which allows them to compare every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in their own community.
An on-line tool allows a user to put in a search criteria using a name, city, county, state or zip code. Based on a given zip code, for example, you can get all the nursing homes within a given distance from the zip code. The tool then provides the following information:
- Name and address of nursing home
- Overall rating of the facility — on a 1-5 scale which includes a health inspection rating, the staffing rating and the quality measures rating.
- Health inspections rating — a rating based upon an annual health inspection.
- Nursing home staff rating — based upon staffing, the number of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses and Certified Nursing Statement. This rating is calculated using the number of patients and provides the ratio of staff hours per resident per day.
- Quality Measure – based upon residents and quality measures in the nursing home. Quality measures assess aspects of nursing home care including whether residents were given flu shots, are in pair or losing weight.
- Program participation — indicates whether the nursing home takes Medicare or Medicaid
- Number of certified beds – the number of Medicare and/or Medicaid beds. It does not include private pay beds.
- Type of ownership — For profit, non-profit.
Click here for the HHS Guide entitled “Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home.”
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