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Can Online Reviews Help Your Senior Living Search?

In the digital age, more and more of us read reviews before we make any kind of purchase. We find out what critics say about a movie before we buy a $15 ticket to the theater. We head to Yelp before we make dinner reservations. We scroll through Amazon to find the most highly rated coffeemaker. We check out Consumer Reports before we buy a new car. …Read more ›

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Texas Has Worst Home Health-Care in the Country, Report Says

The health-care rankings are in, and things don’t look good for one of the biggest states in the nation.

In a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that rates states on their delivery of health services, Texas ranks last in general and for home health-care in particular, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Texas’ worst mark came in the home health care setting, where it was rated very weak for care …Read more ›

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39 Best Nursing Homes in America Named by “U.S. News”

U.S. News & World Report has released its 2012 list of the best nursing homes in America, based on Medicare ratings. Thirty-nine facilities made the cut. The magazine reports on its website:

They were the only homes, out of more than 15,500 that U.S. News reviewed, to receive four straight quarters of perfect five-star ratings from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in all three areas—health inspections, nurse staffing, …Read more ›

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OurParents Launches First Easy-To-Understand Scoring System For Comparing In-Home Senior Care Providers

Company takes complex information from Medicare and creates a five star rating system for families using the free service at www.ourparents.com to use to help compare in-home senior care options.

Reston, VA (PRWEB) April 21, 2010 — In-home senior care, in many situations, can prove to be a great answer for families with an aging loved one. The challenge is finding the right provider among the many options …Read more ›

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Nursing Homes Ratings System May Be Flawed, Says HHS Secretary

It’s not perfect. But it’s what we’ve got … for now.

Health and Human Services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, says the bell curve used when measuring nursing home performance “seems to have some inherent flaws,” reports McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.

Long-term care providers have complained about regulators’ predetermined percentages for how many five-star and one-star facilities are identified with each update. Providers also believe the Five-Star Quality Rating System’s foundation has relied too …Read more ›

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One Year After The Implementation Of The Medicare Nursing Home 5 Star Rating System

Jonathan Rosenfeld from Nursing Home Abuse Blog has a post today summarizing one year of Medicare 5 star rating system.

Medicare 5 star rating systemHard to believe, but its been almost a year since Medicare unveiled Nursing Home Compare.  Praised or criticized, most agencies that represent nursing home operators or consumers have at least come to accept it as a permanent …Read more ›

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Home Health Care: 8 Million People, 17,000 Providers, $60 Billion Dollars/Year. Providers Will Soon Be Rated And Reported Via Medicare

Home health care and hospice play critical roles in the continuum of American health care. Some 17,000 providers care for nearly eight million people who have acute illness, long-term health conditions, permanent disability, or terminal illness—at an annual cost of nearly $60 billion. Numerous studies have pointed to home health as a lower-cost alternative to nursing home care and to its advantage in allowing patients to live more independent lives, closer to family and …Read more ›

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The Best Nursing Homes in the U.S.

There are over 25,000 nursing homes in the U.S. About 16,000 accept government funding via Medicare or Medicaid. As of December 2008, Medicare has created a 5 star rating system to try and rate the various nursing homes. While there are some opponents to the system, it is currently the only, unbiased rating system for nursing homes in the U.S, and as such it is an excellent tool for those family …Read more ›

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