U.S. News ranks the best nursing homes in America

Rankings based on star rating system used by Medicare

U.S. News & World Report on Thursday released its 2015 ranking of nursing homes, evaluating the facilities based on findings from health inspections, evaluations of the nursing staff, and performance on quality measures.

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The seventh annual rankings are designed to help U.S. residents select a nursing home. According to U.S. News, 1.4 million Americans wake up in a nursing home on any given day. "Finding the right place for an elderly loved one is a challenge millions of Americans face each year," says Brian Kelly, chief content officer of U.S. News, adding, "We hope our Best Nursing Homes ratings, advice and tools help them navigate this important decision."

For the rankings, U.S. News used data from CMS's Nursing Home Compare website—which considers findings from health inspections, evaluations of the nursing staff, and performance on quality measures—and awarded "Best Nursing Homes" status to facilities that earned the agency's five stars.

This year, 21.7% of nursing homes—or 3,392 homes overall—earned the designation, down from 24.9% last year. U.S. News attributed the decrease to changes made to the federal rating system last month.

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California had the largest number of five-star facilities, followed by Ohio, Florida, Illinois, and Texas (U.S. News release, 3/5; Comarow, U.S. News, 3/5).


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