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
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 with 2017 data. 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
Overall composite nursing home quality ratings based on a summary of 15 quality measures on over 15,000 nursing homes in 2017 (page footnote says 2016). Health Insight, developed by Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico, used the national CMS measures and data to develop a composite ranking. Easier to use than the federal CMS website, but less detail.
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 (called nursing care centers) & assisted living centers, and other health care services. Click on View Report and National Quality Improvement Goals to see actual scores for acute care hospitals 2016-2017
CMS lists nursing homes in any state and District of Columbia that have a history of serious quality problems. These Special Focus Facilities (SFF) have been officially entered into the federal government’s SFF program to monitor care. Homes on the list may have a history of “yo-yo” compliance, with a good survey followed by substandard quality on the next, thus unable to sustain good care. Some nursing homes are listed as Showing Improvement or having graduated out of the program. Updated Sept. 2017
US Department of Health and Human Services provides a free public service through the US Administration on Aging, to help seniors and caregivers find resources anywhere in the country. In addition to the website, you may call 1-800-677-1116 on weekdays to speak with someone who can help (English or Spanish)
This fraud prevention site is by the HHS Office of Inspector General. It 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. Exclusions Database contains physicians, nurses, nurses’ aides, hospital employees, pharmacists, nursing home operators and more. Thousands of listings
Guide book by America’s Health Insurance Plans provides a ball-park idea of what long term care insurance cost in 2010. Back then, a 65-year old could purchase long term care insurance for under $3000 per year. Consumers should check current prices with their insurance broker. Published Feb. 2014
The American Health Care Association (AHCA) shows trends in a few measures related to quality for nursing homes as a whole. See Trends in Nursing Facility Standard Health Survey, March 2015. Uses CASPER data (formerly OSCAR).
Aging Life Care Association (formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers) has compiled an extensive list of resources for seniors and their caregivers. Categories include associations, community/social services, government and care management. Consumers can also search for an Aging Life Care Expert