More Signature HealthCARE facilities have climbed into the top tier of the nation’s nursing homes by receiving the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ coveted five-star ranking.
Signature has continually improved the quality of care provided in its buildings, which has translated to better CMS ratings.
The company has more than doubled its number of four- and five-star buildings, from 15 in January 2009, which is roughly when CMS launched the Nursing Home Compare ratings system, to 36 currently. Meanwhile, the number of one- and two-star buildings has dropped from 40 to 26.
Under the five-star rating system, nursing homes are assessed in three main categories: health inspections, quality measures and staffing. The overall rating combines scores received in each of the three categories.
The system is intended to help consumers, families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and identify areas about which they would like to learn more. For more, visit www.medicare.gov/nhcompare.