Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Check Quality Ratings for Nursing Homes

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Check Quality Ratings for Nursing Homes

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We all wonder how the deaths in the Florida nursing home could have happened, and how can we make sure this won't happen again ("8 Die at Florida Nursing Home," Sept. 14). While Western Pennsylvanians do not have to worry about floods and poor evacuation plans, the quality of the nursing home is just as important.

Medicare rates hospitals, but the overall star rating does not tell the whole story. Anyone checking out a nursing home should check the quality rating, which looks at such areas as bedsores, urinary tract infections, use of antipsychotics, etc. It is possible for a facility to have a good overall Medicare rating and still fall short in the quality area. Medicare and state regulating agencies share responsibility for enforcing nursing home regulations. …

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