Nursing Home Ratings may be Useless

A new investigative report published in The New York Times has found that the long-trusted nursing home rating system employed by Medicare may be useless. This is not because the exhausting compilation of nursing homes by region is cumbersome or difficult to navigate, but because the ratings themselves can be “gamed” by substandard nursing homes.

Instead of relying on inspections, ratings given by Medicare are based on third-party reviews – reviews that are not verified for accuracy or origin. This means that homes with inadequate health or safety standards can submit their own reviews, misleading patients, and increasing risks for nursing home abuse and neglect.

There are 126 nursing homes currently on the list at Medicare.gov. Of these, 55 are rated “Above Average.” Sadly, there is no way of verifying the legitimacy of these claims.

If you have trusted a loved one to a nursing home only to find they have been abused or neglected, you need an experienced attorney on your side. The nursing home attorneys at Hewitt & Salvatore are prepared to take your case as far as necessary to protect your loved one and see that justice is served.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our West Virginia nursing home attorneys, please contact Hewitt & Salvatore, PLLC today. We maintain offices in Beckley and Fayetteville to better serve victims of elder abuse throughout our state.