The Department of Public Health report on the County’s nursing home grading system initiated by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, revealed that 99% of nursing home providers were in full compliance with the law in its first year of implementation.
In effect since January 1, 2011, the law requires nursing homes to publically post these ratings for:
- Preventable events such as bed sores and falls
- Quality Measures
- Facility conditions
- Health Inspections
- Fire Safety Inspections
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In addition to posting ratings, each nursing home must make records available including licensing inspections, complaint reports and performance evaluations.
“These high compliance numbers indicate that this law is effectively providing vital information for families confronting difficult choices when making decisions on nursing home care,” said Antonovich, who also authored the County’s successful restaurant grading system.
The 5-star rating is issued by the Federal Government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. To ensure compliance, the County has established a hotline at 1-800-228-1019.