Nursing home quality scores drop in new federal ratings

February 20, 2015 4:09 PM

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Nursing home quality scores drop in new federal ratings

WASHINGTON – Nearly a third of the nation's nursing homes are getting lower scores on the government's five-star quality scale, a reflection of tougher standards for ratings used by nearly 1.5 million consumers to assess care at more than 15,000 facilities.

The ratings, which will be posted Friday afternoon on the government's Nursing Home Compare website and by USA TODAY, reflect sweeping changes in the way facilities are evaluated. The revamped assessments include measures of facilities' use of anti-psychotic drugs, which can pose serious risks for o...

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