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California Has the Most High-Performing Nursing Homes in U.S. News' Ratings

Analysis  |  By Jasmyne Ray  
   November 28, 2022

U.S. News uses a variety of data from CMS, including its Nursing Home Compare program.

U.S. News & World Report has released their 2022–2023 Best Nursing Home ratings.

Over 15,000 Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes are evaluated based on care, safety, infection rates, staffing, and health inspections. This year's ratings also considered weekend staffing numbers and infection rates that led to hospitalization.

To develop its Best Nursing Home ratings, U.S. News uses a variety of data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, including its Nursing Home Compare program. CMS is also the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes.

The ratings showed that California has the most high-performing nursing homes, with 206 short-term care and 148 long-term care facilities getting a high-performance rating. Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas were also states noted as having the highest-performing nursing homes in both short-term and long-term care.

"Choosing the right nursing home based on care needs and comfort is a critical decision for prospective residents and their families," Zach Adams, senior health data engineer at U.S. News said in a statement. "The Best Nursing Homes ratings highlight nursing homes that excel in short-term rehabilitation and long-term care needs."

"This year, newly available data on weekend staffing and infection rates that led to hospitalizations provides even more information about how nursing homes rate when it comes to the safety of their residents."

Facilities that are eligible to be rated are those that received reimbursements from CMS in July 2022 and had provided sufficient data to evaluate quality within their rating.

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