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U.S. News Names Best Nursing Homes for 2020-21

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U.S. News & World Report released the 2020-21 Best Nursing Homes. This year, to accompany the new ratings, nursing home profile pages were updated to include a patient safety summary that reflects COVID-19 data alongside other measurements of safety and related advice on choosing a home or facility amidst the pandemic.

The 11th year of the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes combines comprehensive information about care, health inspections and staffing with COVID-19 outbreaks, flu and pneumonia vaccination rates, and infection control violations listed on the patient safety summary.

The Best Nursing Home finder features ratings on both long-term and short-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 13,433 nursing homes that received a Long-Term Care Rating, 1,139 were designated as High-Performing. The short-term rating incorporates measures of quality including consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs and success in preventing falls. For 2020-21, 14,126 facilities received a Short-Term Rating, while only 2,362 homes earned a High-Performing Rating.

All measures in both ratings were developed from publicly available data from CMS as of August 2020. All but one of the measures which assessed complaints reflect data collected before the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. News also profiles Assisted Living Communities, which in many cases provide services that overlap with traditional nursing homes.

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