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U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll

Recently, the Home’s Kosair Charities Pediatric Convalescent Center (KCPCC) was ranked as one of the top nursing homes in the country by U.S. News & World Report.  Of the over 15,500 nursing homes ranked, the Home was one among only 11 other facilities to score a perfect five stars in each of the three categories the federal government uses to evaluate nursing homes.

Providing Medicaid-funded long-term care for children, the KCPCC is one of the few pediatric facilities in the U.S. News top ranking.  The Home operates a hospital-like and home away from home environment for medically fragile children, children who are dependent on technology to sustain life, as well as children who are terminally ill. The KCPCC gives each child personalized care with an expert team of doctors, nurses, and therapists.

To evaluate overall quality, U.S. News has developed tiers of nursing homes based on their total number of stars in all three yardstick categories: health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality measures. The top tier of five-star nursing homes, for example, consists of those with 15 stars—the highest possible total—in all three categories.

The data used to calculate the new rankings can be found on the federal website, Nursing Home Compare (www.medicare.gov/NHCompare).  Created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), this agency gathers and analyzes data on more than 15,500 facilities that admit Medicare or Medicaid residents.  CMS then rates the nursing homes on a multitude of measures from the amount of nursing care per resident to safe food preparation.

Click here to read the article from U.S. News & World Report.

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