You know the publication offers a variety of ratings information including data on colleges and hospitals, it now includes publicly available ratings for short-stay rehabilitation services in skilled nursing facilities.
The publication evaluated more than 15,000 SNFs across the country and provided two separate ratings for nursing homes:
- Overall Care
- Short-Stay Rehabilitation
Since it rolled of the presses in 2009, U.S. News & World Report has relied on data from SNF ratings based on star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This year, due to CMS’ recent move from a self-reported to a payroll-based nurse staffing reporting and a freeze in health inspection data since November 2017, U.S. News modified the way it uses CMS data for evaluating a nursing home’s overall performance.
For the first time, it will now also provide ratings for care delivered to patients after a hospitalization for surgery, heart attack, stroke, injury or similar condition. Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News explained,
We understand that nurse staffing is among the most important predictors of nursing home quality. With our new methodology and Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating, we have taken several steps to ensure that nursing homes that consistently provide high quality care to residents are highlighted.
U.S. News used staffing data from April 2018 onward and applied additional rating indicators of care that CMS doesn’t use in its own ratings – such as whether the amount of rehabilitation therapy provided was determined by reimbursement or by patient-centered needs. The publication explained guidelines for its methodology.
To be eligible for a short-stay rating, a home’s performance on at least one outcome measure and data on either physical therapy time or RN and total nurse staffing must have been available from CMS. Outcome measures included the percentages of short-stay patients who were rehospitalized within 30 days, had an emergency room visit within 30 days and were successfully discharged to their home or community.
- 1,837 received Best in overall care
- 1,874 received Best in short-stay rehabilitation
- 736 received Best in both overall care and short-stay rehab.
from U.S. News & World Report