US News - California leads nation with best nursing homes

October 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO - California has the highest number of “best nursing homes” in the nation according to a new analysis from US News & World Report.  It is the second year in a row that California skilled nursing providers have been honored with the report’s top designation.

US News evaluated more than 15,000 facilities across the country and nearly 2,300 received a designation as best, meaning they earned an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 during a 10-month federal inspection period.   In California, out of 1,141 skilled nursing centers, 252 received an overall top performing rating.  Next were Ohio and Florida.

Facilities are judged on their performance during in-person state health inspections, time spent with residents by nursing staff and quality of medical care in 11 areas including mobility, pain and prevalence of falls. US News uses a five-level rating scale ranging from “top performing” to “poor.” The score is based on data made available by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which regulates nursing homes.

“California providers have worked hard to deliver quality care and this recognition is gratifying,” said Jim Gomez, CEO/President of the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF).  “It’s worth noting our members are also ranked 4th best in the nation in reducing the unnecessary use of antipsychotic medication.” 

US News began in annual nursing home ranking in 2009.