The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released quality ratings for the 15 800 nursing homes participating in Medicare or Medicaid. The facilities are awarded stars, from a low of 1 to a high of 5, based on health inspection surveys, staffing information, and quality-of-care measures.
The initial ratings were posted December 18 and are available online at CMS's Nursing Home Compare Web site (http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/home.asp).
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