A Quarter of Nursing Homes Flunk the Test

In mid December, the federal government unveiled its new rating system, which it uses to help advise the public on the quality of care they are receiving from their local area nursing homes. This system will help individuals make informed decisions about the institution they trust with the care of their loved ones. Under the new system, five stars means a nursing home ranks "much above average," four stars indicates "above average," three means "about average," two is "below average" with a one indicating "much below average." The rankings will be updated quarterly. Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin stated that the new ranking system would … [Read more...]