Many Nursing homes get lower scores on federal government's five-star quality scale

February 23, 2015 11:57 AM

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Many Nursing homes get lower scores on federal government's five-star quality scale

New ratings were posted Friday on the federal government’s Nursing Home Compare website. The government ranks the facilities on a five-star quality scale, which is used by 1.5 million consumers to access the quality of care at 15,000 different nursing homes.

The new ratings are the result of sweeping changes in the way facilities are evaluated, which includes measures of facilities’ use of anti-psychotic drugs, which can pose serious risks for older adults.

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