Louisiana's 5 Star Nursing Homes
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electing a nursing home is often a difficult decision. Listed here are some of the state’s top-ranked nursing homes as determined by HealthGrades, a Golden, Colo., company that specializes in nursing home and hospital evaluations.
Below is the company’s explanation of its methodology. The list, we feel, is quite credible, though we do offer one caveat. As explained, the evaluations are based partially on Medicare and Medicaid evaluations. There are some well-established facilities in this state with nursing home components that do NOT accept government payments and thus are not be eligible for analysis in preparing this list, yet they are well-respected. We urge those faced with nursing home decisions to consider the many options before making their final decisions.
How HealthGrades Rates Nursing Homes
To rate more than 16,000 U.S. nursing homes, HealthGrades analyzes:
• Deficiencies (standards that were not met) from the four most recent licensing surveys within the past eight years
• Compliant surveys for the past four years
Each nursing home received several scores from the analysis of licensing surveys and complaint surveys. The scores are based upon how unmet standards affected resident care. Next, HealthGrades performs a statistical analysis of these score to produce a weight for each area. The weighted scores are summed to produce an overall score for each nursing home. Based on each nursing home’s score, HealthGrades applies the following rating system:
••••• Best – Top 30 percent of all nursing homes within each state
••• Average – The middle 40 percent of all nursing homes within each state
• POOR– The bottom 30 percent of all nursing homes within each state
Data Source: Nursing home ratings are based upon data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS. Licensing survey data came from CMS’ Online Survey Certification and Reporting, or OSCAR, database.
Complaint survey data came from CMS’ Skilled Nursing Facility, or SNF, Complaint database. Data last updated June 1, 2010.