Medicare Lists Nursing Homes in Virginia with Worst Quality Measures Ratings (Pt. 7)

Medicare recently launched a new Five-Star Quality Rating 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 ratings concerning these quality measures, 53 Virginia nursing homes received one star, which represents a rating "much below average":

Autumn Care of Suffolk (Suffolk, VA)
Bay Pointe Medical & Rehabilitation Center (Virginia Beach, VA)
Beacon Shores Nursing & Rehabilitation (Virginia Beach, VA)
Berkshire Health & Rehabilitation Center (Vinton, VA)
Bland County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (Bastian, VA)
Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation (Fincastle, VA)
Brian Center Nursing Care / Alleghany (Low Moor, VA)
Brian Center Health & Rehab/Scott County (Weber City, VA)
Consulate Healthcare of Windsor (Windsor, VA)
Consulate Healthcare of Woodstock (Woodstock, VA)
Edgemont Center, Inc. (Wytheville, VA)
Francis Marion Manor (Marion, VA)
Greenspring Village (Springfield, VA)
Halifax Regional Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility (South Boston, VA)
Hanover Health & Rehabilitation Center (Mechanicsville, VA)
Harbour Pointe Medical & Rehab Center (Norfolk, VA)
Harrisonburg Health & Rehab Center (Harrisonburg, VA)
Heritage Hall Front Royal (Front Royal, VA)
Heritage Hall Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap, VA)
Heritage Hall Grundy (Grundy, VA)
Heritage Hall Nursing Home / Nassawadox (Nassawadox, VA)
Holly Manor Nursing Home (Farmville, Virginia)
INOVA Commonwealth Care Center (Fairfax, VA)
King's Daughters Community Health & Rehab (Staunton, VA)
The Laurels of Willow Creek (Midlothian, VA)
Life Care Center of New Market (New Market, VA)
Little Sisters of the Poor (Richmond, VA)
Louisa Health Care Center (Louisa, VA)
Lynchburg Health & Rehab Center (Lynchburg, VA)
Manor Care Health Services - Imperial (Richmond, VA)
Nansemond Pointe Rehab & Health (Suffolk, VA)
Newport News Nursing & Rehab (Newport News, VA)
Norfolk Health Care Center (Norfolk, VA)
Northampton Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center (Hampton, VA)
Parham Health Care & Rehab Center (Richmond, VA)
Pulaski Community Hospital (Pulaski, VA)
Regency Health Care Center (Grafton, VA)
Ridgecrest Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation (Duffield, VA)
Ruxton Health at the Meadows (Goochland, VA)
Ruxton Health of Lawrenceville (Lawrenceville, VA)
Ruxton Health of Woodbridge (Woodbridge, VA)
Salem Health & Rehabilitation (Salem, VA)
Shenandoah Nursing Home (Fishersville, VA)
South Boston Manor (South Boston, VA)
Southside Regional Medical Center (Petersburg, VA)
Stanleytown Health Care Center (Stanleytown, VA)
Summit Square (Waynesboro, VA)
Virginia Baptist Hospital / Centra Health (Lynchburg, VA)
Virginia Beach Healthcare and Rehab (Virginia Beach, VA)
Warren Memorial Hospital - Lynn Care (Front Royal, VA)
Westminster Canterbury Blue Ridge (Charlottesville, VA)
The Woodlands (Clifton Forge, VA)
York Convalescent Center (Yorktown, 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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