Kaiser Identifies One- or Two-Star Ratings in 36% of U.S. Nursing Homes

May 22, 2015 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​More than one-third of U.S. nursing homes, covering almost 40% of all U.S. nursing home residents, scored either one or two stars on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) five-star scale, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The study, based on data available as of February 2015, looked at the Nursing Home Compare ratings for all 15,505 nursing homes nationwide. A larger proportion of nursing homes (45%) scored either four or five stars on the scale, although they covered a similar proportion of residents (41%) compared with the one- and two-star facilities. Not-for-profit facilities and those with fewer beds tended to have higher star ratings than either for-profit facilities or those with more beds; lower-rated facilities were more common in areas with an overall lower-income population.

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