She said Quality Care supports a rating system that reflects the quality of care; “however, we do not believe the current system will accurately reflect all aspects of that care.”Huff noted that there are three aspects that go into calculating the star rating of a nursing home, including overall surveys, quality measures and staffing.
She said during the past three years her nursing home has “scored four stars” in the survey evaluation adding, “We do have excellent surveys.”On the issue of quality measures, Huff said, “Our quality measures are fairly stable and we work on those all the time. With the high acuity patients that we admit, we find that a few of our measures are higher than some of our counterparts that don't have the same level of acuity that we do.”
With regard to the staffing category in the rating system, she said her facility “meets all state guidelines and exceeds them with the direct patient care staff.”She explained that Quality Care has some RN's on staff that “we chose not to report in patient care but in administration. These nurses spend most of their time assessing and guiding the care of patients and we will do a better job of reflecting their hours in patient care totals. “We look forward to working with a program to better reflect the quality of care that we have always provided here,” Huff concluded. The report was designed to help “consumers and families identify important questions to ask nursing homes and challenge nursing homes to improve their quality of care,” CMS Acting Administrator Kerry Weems said in a statement. CMS gave 11 Middle Tennessee nursing homes a One-Star rating, a category described by the organization as “much below average.” Middle Tennessee facilities receiving the One-Star rating were Bordeaux Long Term Care, Nashville; Briley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Whites Creek; Cumberland Manor Nursing Center, Nashville; Donelson Place Care and Rehabilitation Center, Nashville; Green Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center, Nashville; Harpeth Terrace Convalescent Center, Franklin; Highland Manor Nursing and Rehab Center, Portland; Imperial Manor Convalescent Center, Madison; Northside Health Care Center, Murfreesboro; Peachtree Center Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Smyrna; and Tennessee Veterans Home, Murfreesboro.