New Legislation Requires Nursing Homes to Post Their Ratings

One of our nation's states is hailing the signing of a bill which will require that state nursing homes post assigned grades reflecting their quality ratings. The nursing home grading system will go into effect on January 1, 2011.

Legislators of the bill feel that it will enhance the quality of care for senior citizens. The supervisor of the program said, "This posting system provides vital information for families to make informed decisions about the care for their loved ones and provides incentives for nursing homes operators to establish and maintain high-quality standards of care and compliance."

The rating system covers several areas including: quality of medical care, staffing levels, food services, sanitation, bedsore mitigation and the results of licensing inspections. The system designates five stars for the highest rated facilities, down to one star for the poorest. The ratings have already been designated, but nursing homes have never before been required to post them. For more, read the story.

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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.