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Q: Is there a convenient way to compare or review nursing homes and the quality of care they provide?

Posted January 16, 2013 in Advice Column, Winterset

A: Yes! At www.medicare.gov, you can easily compare/review nursing homes.

Medicare provides an easy-to-understand five-star quality rating for all nursing homes. This rating system is based on continued efforts as a result of the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA ’87), a nursing home reform law and more recent quality improvement campaigns such as the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes, a coalition of consumers, health care providers, and nursing home professionals.

Nursing home ratings come from health inspections, staffing and quality measures.

A star rating is provided for each of these three sources, in case some areas are more important to you than others. Then, these three ratings are combined to calculate an overall rating.

Why is this important?

Nursing homes vary in the quality of care and services they provide to their residents. Reviewing health inspection results, staffing data and quality measure data are three important ways to measure nursing home quality. This information gives you a “snap shot” of the care individual nursing homes give.

Information provided by Winterset Care Center North, 411 E. Lane St., 462-1571 and Winterset Care Center South, 715 S. Second Ave. 462-4040.





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