Mixed reaction to new nursing home ratings

February 21, 2015 12:41 AM

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Sarasota, Florida - Reaction has been swift from some of the nursing homes in the Bay area after nearly a third of the nation's nursing homes received lower scores on the government's five-star quality scale. The ratings are a reflection of tougher standards for ratings used by nearly 1.5 million consumers to assess care at more than 15,000 facilities.

The new ratings, posted on the government's Nursing Home Compare website and in USA TODAY, are the result of sweeping changes in the way facilities are evaluated. Among other things, the revamped assessments include measures of facilities' use of antipsychotic drugs, which can pose serious risks for...

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