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2019-20 U.S. News Best Nursing Homes Released

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U.S. News & World Report released the 2019-20 U.S. News Best Nursing Homes, evaluating more than 15,000 homes nationwide, in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. This year, 2,969 nursing homes earned the designation of a U.S. News Best Nursing Home.

Now in its 10th year, the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes provides information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for almost all nursing homes in the country. The Best Nursing Homes reflect U.S. News’ analysis of data collected and published by the federal government using a methodology defined by U.S. News that evaluates factors that U.S. News has determined most greatly impact patient and resident care, safety and outcomes.

This year, U.S. News introduced a new rating focused on long-term care. The Long-Term Care Rating aims to provide prospective residents who need help with daily activities, and their families, with analysis and information regarding the quality of care provided by nursing homes. The rating includes data on staffing, success in preventing ER visits and pneumonia vaccination rates, among other metrics. Out of 13,685 nursing homes that received a Long-Term Care Rating, 1,139 were designated as High-Performing.

In 2018, U.S. News developed a Short-Term Rehabilitation Rating that assesses the performance of skilled nursing facilities in post-acute care. For 2019-20, 13,683 facilities received a Short-Term Rating, while only 2,250 homes earned a High-Performing Rating. This year the Short-Term Rehabilitation Ratings newly incorporate several measures of quality, including consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs and success in preventing falls.

All measures in both ratings were developed from publicly available data from the CMS as of August 2019.

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  1. Martina Dolan Post author | October 29, 2019

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