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Best Nursing Homes Ranking for 2011 Released by U.S. News Media Group

15,000 facilities nationwide are included online to help senior citizens, caregivers find quality care

badgeFeb. 9, 2011 – A new national ranking of over 15,000 U.S. nursing homes has been released online by U.S. Media Group, publisher of U.S. News & World Report. The Best Nursing Homes ranking evaluates facilities across the nation. The publisher touts the list as a “worthwhile tool for millions of elderly Americans and their families in search of a nursing home.”


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U.S. News Best Nursing Homes profiles the 15,000 facilities and ranks them by state, using data and quality ratings from the federal government. It showcases an Honor Roll of 18 homes that received perfect five-star ratings for four consecutive quarters in all three categories in which homes are judged.

"The Best Nursing Homes rankings and search tools were designed to help families deal with the pressure and confusion of picking a home at a difficult time," says Avery Comarow, Health Rankings Editor.

"We want them to be able to choose homes according to their own individual needs --closeness to family members, religious affiliation, and insurance coverage are just a few of the factors they can select."

In an online article – Best Nursing Homes: Behind the Ranks – Comarow writes that “more than 3.2 million Americans will spend at least part of 2011 in one of the nation's 16,000-plus nursing homes.”

He says, too, “The U.S. News rankings rely on data from Nursing Home Compare, a consumer web site run by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS sets and enforces standards for all nursing homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid. (For government purposes, a nursing home is a Medicare or Medicaid facility that provides 24-hour nursing care and other medical services. We don't rank retirement and assisted-living communities, which aren't part of Medicare or Medicaid and don't offer such services.)

Best Nursing Homes, says Comarow, addresses some of the issues with trying to do comparisons on the Medicare site.

U.S. News offers search features that make it easy to identify nursing homes within a geographical location with a specific star rating or type of insurance coverage. At, visitors can plug in partial names or other bits of information and a list of homes will be generated.

The online rankings, updated quarterly, rely on information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces quality standards for all homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid. Homes receive an overall rating of one to five stars from the government based on the number of stars earned in three other categories: health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care.

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About the U.S. News Media Group

The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform, digital publisher of news and analysis, which includes the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine,, and Focusing on Health, Money, Education, and Public Service/Opinion, the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group's signature franchise includes its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its "Best" series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, mutual funds, health plans, and more.

>> Best Nursing Homes: Behind the Rankings, by Avery Comarow


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