The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released
a new five-star rating system to rank every nursing facility in the country.
Two White County Indiana nursing homes came in at opposite ends under
the new system. Monticello Assisted Living and Healthcare was given a
one-star rating (the worst under the new system) while Whispering Pines
received the second to highest rating, four-stars. The ratings were released
in December and updated January 15th.
Nearly 28 percent of Indiana’s nursing facilities were given one
star, the lowest rating. By far, the most troubling area for these facilities
was the staffing review. The new rating system uses the national database
called the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Repository, which is information collected
at intervals on every nursing home resident, and government surveys gathered
on each facility. In Indiana, the government surveys are conducted by
the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). The state summarizes their
surveys into report cards on each facility.
Whispering Pines received a score of 184 while Monticello Assisted Living
and Healthcare scored 164 under the comprehensive totals. These numbers
both compare relatively well compared to the Indiana state average of
193 (the lower the score the better).
The CMS quality-rating system looks at three primary areas: health inspections,
staffing and quality measures. Whispering Pines scored four stars in staffing
while Monticello Assisted Living and Healthcare scored one star.