As required by the Affordable Care Act, Medicare recently changed how they rate staffing of nursing homes. Medicare now rates staffing based on payroll data, whereas they previously used unverified reports provided by the nursing homes.

"The payroll records revealed lower overall staffing levels than homes had disclosed, particularly among registered nurses."

"While the Kaiser Health News analysis found substantially lower average staffing of nurses and aides at for-profit facilities than at nonprofits and government-owned homes, the number of downgraded nursing homes was roughly proportionally divided among the three categories, indicating an industrywide issue with staffing by registered nurses in particular."

"The payroll data, analyzed by Kaiser Health News, showed that for-profit nursing homes averaged 16 percent fewer staff than did nonprofits, even after accounting for differences in the needs of residents. The biggest difference was in the number of registered nurses: at the average nonprofit, there was one RN for every 28 residents, but at the average for-profit, there was only one RN for every 43 residents. Researchers have repeatedly found lower staffing in for-profit facilities, which make up 70 percent of the industry."

Medicare's Nursing Home Compare site provides a list of nursing homes and ratings based on zip code, city/state, or state.

For each nursing home listed you can drill down to see more details.

The State of Tennessee (as do all states) Department of Health licenses nursing homes and handles complaints. You can contact them for more information. There is a link to view the annual Nursing Home Inspection and Enforcement Activities Reports, but I got a 404 error.

When researching nursing homes for a loved one, take your time, if possible. Make site visits. Talk to as many people as you can. Ask relatives, friends, acquaintenances about their experiences.



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In the Knox/Blount County area, the following nursing homes currently have the highest Medicare overall ratings, although the breakdown of ratings for health inspections, staffing, and quality measures may be lower than expected.

HOLSTON HEALTH & REHABILITATION CENTER
3916 BOYDS BRIDGE PIKE
KNOXVILLE, TN 37914

NHC HEALTHCARE, FT SANDERS
2120 HIGHLAND AVE
KNOXVILLE, TN 37916

LIFE CARE CENTER OF BLOUNT COUNTY
1965 STEWART LANE
LOUISVILLE, TN 37777

WELLPARK AT SHANNONDALE
7512 MIDDLEBROOK PIKE
KNOXVILLE, TN 37909

CONCORDIA NURSING AND REHABILITATION- FAIRPARK
307 N FIFTH ST BOX 5477
MARYVILLE, TN 37801

SHANNONDALE OF MARYVILLE HEALTH CARE CENTER
803 SHANNONDALE WAY
MARYVILLE, TN 37803

SENATOR BEN ATCHLEY STATE VETERANS' HOME
ONE VETERANS WAY
KNOXVILLE, TN 37931

In the Knox/Blount County area, the following nursing homes currently have the lowest Medicare overall ratings, although the breakdown of ratings for health inspections, staffing, and quality measures may be higher than expected.

NHC HEALTHCARE, FARRAGUT
120 CAVETT HILL LANE
KNOXVILLE, TN 37922

WESTMORELAND HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER
5837 LYONS VIEW PIKE
KNOXVILLE, TN 37919

SUMMIT VIEW OF FARRAGUT, LLC
12823 KINGSTON PIKE
KNOXVILLE, TN 37923

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