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What is the CMS' Five-Star Quality Rating System?

If you are one of the many Pennsylvania residents who must find how to properly care for an elderly parent, grandparent or other relative, you know all too well how difficult the search for quality care can be. When you are looking for a nursing home in which to place your loved one, you want to feel confident that he or she will receive the right level of care and treatment. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services may be able to help you in your search thanks to their Five-Star Quality Rating System.

The five-star system utilized by the CMS can give you a quick pulse on which nursing homes may be worth your time to look into further and even tour and which nursing homes you may be best to avoid. The lower the number of stars a particular facility receives from the CMS, the lower the level of care the CMS believes they provide. Ideally you will want to look for nursing homes that have achieved a perfect five stars from the CMS.

In addition to the overall scoring system, the CMS offers you individual ratings on other areas. This includes 11 unique quality measures that include both clinical and physical measures. The CMS also evaluates the number of staffed nursing hours a home provides per resident. This is also evaluated on based upon the level of need at a specific facility. 

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give Pennsylvania residents an overview of how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rate the quality of different nursing homes.

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