A majority of nursing home centers located in and around the Forsyth County got bludgeoned by a rank that is average or even below par. Medicare updated a ranking list over a gamut of 1 to 5 stars for approximately 82 nursing centers located across 14 counties in Northwest, North Carolina, and Triad.

Two Out Of 13 Forsyth’s Nursing Centers Are Five-Starred

Two Nursing Centers at Forsyth County notched up the five-star categories, another two fit as the four-star, three centers in the category of two star and four distinct centers got a single star only. Silas Creek (Retirement Center) and Salemtowne are the five-starrers. Piney Grove Nursing and Rehab Center and Homestead Hills are four-starrers.

The three star centers are Brookridge Retirement Community, The Oaks, Trinity Glen; whereas Brian Center for Health and Retirement, Liberty Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center are two starred. Unihealth Post-Acute Care, Winston-Salem Nursing and Rehab, Clemmons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Oak Forest Health and Rehab are the one-starrers.

Premises Of Rankings

The rankings were made based on three primary categories, viz. staffing, quality measures and health inspections. Annual inspections were carried out at the reside care units and nursing homes, wherein the overall nursing staffing hours used to be calculated and various health citations were made, valuing substantiated and standard complaint survey and revisits.

78% Of NHC’s Facilities Perform Above Average

Gerald Coggin, the Senior Vice President of National HealthCare Corporation (NYSEMKT:NHC) expressed pride as 78% of the facilities under NHC bagged the 3, 4 and 5-star ratings. Coggin voted for induction of a comprehensive evaluation system, in comparison to a challenging ratings system in vogue.

The Bar Of Performance Is Raised

Medicare enunciated that overall rankings were based on 9 distinct quality measures. Medicare or Medicaid covers 15.8K nursing homes across the US. The overhaul comprises quality checks and measures for continued use of myriad of antipsychotic drugs for short term use.

The agency conducting the study stated that ‘Changes in various ratings clearly reflect that CMS has implemented its thought about standards and thus raised the level of performance. With the requirement for high quality services at the fore, nursing homes shall aim to improve the range of quality of its services, thereby raising the standards.’

Changes made: Article has been updated to remove an error in information on Feb 25th.

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