California Law Mandates Display of Federal Ratings

California is the first state in the country to pass a law making it mandatory for all nursing homes to display their federal rating reports. Nursing homes can receive up to 5 stars, and the ratings (handed out by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) must now be prominently displayed.

The ratings are based on health inspections, results of health complaints, staffing hours, and the quality of care. Many advocates against the bill argue that these things are difficult to judge.

What we’d really like to know is what nursing homes plan to do to reduce noise and create calmer environments for their patients. Maintenance staff could easily grab a few Green Glue 5 gallon buckets and renovate the rooms, one at a time. Perhaps then those in their last days could rest peacefully – without listening to their neighbors and the constant drone of machines.

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