The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid created a Five-Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes in the U.S. in 2008. An analysis of 15,000 nursing homes and their ratings from the past 3 years since the system was implemented shows trends in the standards of care at nursing homes.
During the 3-year period, the nursing homes received 7 ratings each. In general, the level of care and ratings of nursing homes in the U.S. increased. However, a large percentage of homes that received 1-star ratings at first did not improve at all in three years.
Approximately 1 in every 25 nursing homes–564 total–received 1-star ratings each time they were inspected. The majority of these nursing homes were for-profit homes. In Oklahoma, 11 homes consistently received 1-star from 2008-2011.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, 1-star ratings are only given to homes with qualities of care found to be significantly lower than the state’s average. Common reasons a home received a 1-star rating were mistreatment, abuse, uncleanliness, and unlicensed employees.
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