For all of its flaws, Medicare and Medicaid’s Nursing Home Compare five-star rating system gives consumers a head-start when searching for a facility. Now, the Kaiser Family Foundation has taken a closer look at the ratings, and reached some interesting conclusions:
- In a system that rates facilities from 1-5 stars, about one-third have low 1 or 2 star ratings, while about 45 percent received 4 or 5 stars.
- Non-profits, which represent only about one-quarter of nursing facilities, generally get higher ratings than for-profits.
- Smaller facilities score higher than larger ones.