Medicare Lists Nursing Homes in Virginia with Below Average Quality Measures Ratings (Pt. 8)

Medicare recently launched a new Five-Star Quality Ratings System for all nursing homes in the United States.  The Five-Star Quality Rating System was created to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and identify areas about which more information might be helpful.  This is Part One of an eight-part series that identifies nursing homes that rated the worst and below-average in several different categories.    

Medicare's nursing home ratings were based on several sources of information: health inspection, nursing home staffing, and quality measures.  One to five stars were awarded in each of these three categories.  Stars were also awarded in a category for overall performance, which represents a combination of the health inspection rating, the staffing rating, and the quality measures rating.  The more stars a nursing home received, the higher its rating.  Five stars represented the highest rating, and one star represented the lowest rating.

With respect to quality measures, nursing homes regularly collect assessment information on all their residents using a form called the Minimum Data Set. The information collected includes the residents' health, physical functioning, mental status, and general well-being. Nursing homes self-report this information to Medicare.  Medicare uses some of the assessment information to measure the quality of certain aspects of nursing home care.  These measures of care are called "quality measures."  Quality measures include the development and deterioration of pressure ulcers (bed sores, bedsores, pressure sores, decubitus ulcers), bladder and bowel incontinence, deterioration in activities of daily living, urinary tract infections, restraint use, and weight loss, among others.  

For quality measures ratings, 61 Virginia nursing homes received two stars, which represents a "below average" rating:

Amelia Nursing Center (Amelia, VA)
Augusta Medical Center Skilled Care (Fishersville, VA) 
Autumn Care of Altavista (Altavista, VA)
Autumn Care of Norfolk (Norfolk, VA)
Birmingham Green (Manassas, VA)
Blue Ridge Nursing Center, Inc. (Stuart, VA)
Burke Health Care Center (Burke, VA)
Carrington Place of Chesapeake (Chesapeake, VA)
Carrington Place of Tappahannock (Tappahannock, VA)
Chase City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Chase City, VA)
Clinch Valley Medical Center (Richlands, VA)
Evergreen Health and Rehab (Winchester, VA)
Fairfax Nursing Center, Inc. (Fairfax, VA)
Fairmont Crossing (Amherst, VA)
Friendship Health and Rehab Center (Roanoke, VA)
Golden Living Center - Blue Ridge (Galax, VA)
Golden Living Center - Martinsville (Martinsville, VA)
Golden Living Center - Sleepy Hollow (Annandale, VA)
Greensville Manor (Emporia, VA)
Henrico Health & Rehabilitation Center (Highland Springs, VA)
Heritage Hall Brookneal (Brookneal, VA)
Heritage Hall Laurel Meadows (Laurel Fork, VA)
Heritage Hall Blackstone (Blackstone, VA)
Heritage Hall King George (King George, VA)
Heritage Hall Nursing and Rehab (Leesburg, VA)
Heritage Hall Tazewell (Tazewell, VA)
Heritage Hall Charlottesville (Charlottesville, VA)
James River Convalescent Center (Newport News, VA)
Johnson Center / Falcons Landing (Sterling, VA)
Lake Prince Woods, Inc. (Suffolk, VA)
Lee Nursing and Rehab Center (Pennington Gap, VA)
Loudon Nursing and Rehab Center (Leesburg, VA)
Lovingston Health Care Center (Lovingston, VA)
Manassas Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (Manassas, VA)
Manor Care Health Services - Arlington (Arlington, VA)
Manor Care Health Services - Fair Oaks (Fairfax, VA)
Meadowview Terrace (Clarksville, VA)
Mountain View Regional Medical Center (Norton, VA)
Oak Lea Nursing Home (Harrisonburg, VA)
Oakwood Manor Bedford Memorial Hospital (Bedford, VA)
Our Lady of the Valley (Roanoke, VA)
Piney Forest Health Care Center (Danville, VA)
Riverside Convalescent Center - Mathews (Mathews, VA)
Riverside Health & Rehab Center (Danville, VA)
Roman Eagle Memorial home (Danville, VA)
Ruxton Health of Alexandria (Alexandria, VA)
Ruxton Health of Norfolk (Norfolk, VA)
Ruxton Health of Staunton (Staunton, VA)
Ruxton of Westover Hills (Richmond, VA)
Sentara Nursing Center Virginia Beach (Virginia Beach, VA)
Skyline Terrace Convalescent Home (Woodstock, VA)
The Springs Nursing Center (Hot Springs, VA)
Springtree Healthcare & Rehab Center (Roanoke, VA)
Stratford Rehabilitation Center (Danville, VA)
Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement Community (Harrisonburg, VA)
Virginia Veterans Care Center (Roanoke, VA)
Waddell Nursing and Rehab Center (Galax, VA) 
Waverly Health Care & Rehabilitation Center (Waverly, VA)
Westwood Center (Bluefield, VA)
Woodbine Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center (Alexandria, VA)
Woodhaven Hall at Williamsburg Landing (Williamsburg, VA)

If you are considering one or more of the facilities listed above, please use caution, visit more than once and at odd hours, review reports from prior Virginia Department of Health surveys and complaint investigations, interview other patients and their families, and ask lots of questions!
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia

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