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Help Guide for Nursing Home Ratings - Three Steps to Begin (READ ME)

1. Check the federal government's Nursing Home Compare site, and compare the star ratings (and details) for the nursing homes you're interested in. 2. Visit your state's web site to see inspection reports and complaints on nursing homes in your county and county-wide averages. 3. Go to HealthInsight for national rankings of nursing homes. Do the reports consistently suggest this is a nursing home to use, or to avoid? See what options you have and plan to visit the facilities you're interested in, before you decide

Nursing Home Compare (all states) www.medicare.gov 2012  Editor's Pick

Free 5-star ratings from Nursing Home Compare for nursing homes that are Medicare or Medicaid certified and provide skilled nursing care. Quality ratings, nursing staffing and CNA hours per resident day, and results from survey inspection reports are updated for 2012. If you cannot find the nursing home you're interested in, the facility might not accept Medicare and Medicaid patients. Check your state reports for additional information. Consumers can also ask the nursing facility to share their reports on resident and family satisfaction. Good nursing homes welcome your inquiry

HealthInsight: National Rankings for Nursing Homes (all states)

Overall composite nursing home quality ratings based on a summary of 6 to 12 quality measures on over 15,000 nursing homes in 2011. Health Insight, the QIO for Utah and Nevada, used the national CMS measures and data to develop a composite ranking. Easier to use than the federal CMS website, but less detail. Updated 2012

Nursing Homes & Assisted Living - Find Quality First signers

Browse this database of members in the LeadingAge (formerly American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, AAHSA) to find nursing homes, assisted living facilities, independent living, adult day care and home & community-based services. Some members have signed Quality First Covenants, reflecting a commitment to create an environment that inspires consumer confidence in the quality of care & services they receive, shaped by not-for-profit values

Accredited Healthcare Facilities - Joint Commission Accreditation (all states)  Editor's Pick

The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO - Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accredits hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Quality Check provides accreditation and comparison information for hospitals, home health/hospice, laboratories, some nursing homes & assisted living centers, and other health care services. Click on View Accreditation Quality Report to see actual scores for acute care hospitals 2011-2012

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Fraud Prevention - See Who is Excluded from Medicare ...

Site by the HHS Office of Inspector General allows consumer to search for a specific name of a person or business to see if they have been excluded from receiving payment from Medicare and Medicaid, due to license revocation, suspension or surrender; program-related fraud; patient abuse or neglect, and other reasons such as default on Health Education Assistance Loans. Database contains physicians, nurses, nursesí aides, hospital employees, pharmacists, nursing home operators and more. Nearly 45,000 listings as of June 2009

Long-Term Care Insurance Premiums, AHIP, 2005 (pdf)

April 2007 report by America's Health Insurance Plans [Who Buys Long-Term Care Insurance?] shows trends related to buyers of LTC insurance over a 15-year period to 2005. Average annual premium for new policies sold in 2005 was $1918 (Table 5), and was $168/month ($2016/yr) for participants in the study (Table 14). Sixty-page report is geared to insurance and administrative professionals, but contains helpful information for consumers

Nursing Home Trends in Publicly Reported Quality Measures - 2010 (pdf)

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) shows trends in percent of residents with pain, pressure sores, weight loss, depression, increase in ADL (activities of daily living), mobility decline, catheter, incontinence, urinary tract infection (UTI), and more, using recent data from the federal CMS Nursing Home Compare

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