The CMS and HHS have developed a new
Five-Star Rating system that evaluates Nursing Home care.
According to the CMS website, the Five-Star Quality Rating System
was created to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing
homes more easily and help identify areas about which you may want to
ask questions. This rating system is based on continued efforts as a result
of the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA ’87), a nursing
home reform law, and more recent quality improvement campaigns such as
the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes, a coalition
of consumers, health care providers, and nursing home professionals.
Nursing home ratings are taken from the following three sources of data:
More stars are better.
***** Much Above Avg.
**** Above Avg.
** Below Avg.
* Much Below Avg.
Currently, 792 Illinois Nursing Homes have been evaluated under the system
and can be researched on the CMS Website.
We provide a star rating for each of these three sources, in case some
areas are more important to you than others. Then, these three ratings
are combined to calculate an overall rating.
Why is this important?
Nursing homes vary in the quality of care and services they provide to
their residents. Reviewing health inspection results, staffing data, and
quality measure data are three important ways to measure nursing home
quality. This information gives you a “snap shot” of the care
individual nursing homes give.
One of the most important things to do is to visit the
nursing homes you are considering. If possible, also contact your Long-Term Care Ombudsman
or State Survey Agency before making a decision. Take a copy of the Nursing
Home Checklist when you visit a nursing home and talk to the nursing home
staff about the information on this website.