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U.S. News and World Report “Best Nursing Homes” Talking Points

U.S. News and World Report “Best Nursing Homes” Talking Points

Best Nursing Home Award

U.S. News and World Report will issue its annual list of “Best Nursing Homes” across the country on October 30. To help you respond to questions you may get about the report from families or residents, you can review the following talking points on finding quality care, the Quality Initiative, and individual center features.

Finding Quality Care:

  • We applaud the nursing centers that have been recognized by S. News and World Report. However, there are thousands of other skilled nursing care centers across the nation not mentioned in the report that also provide excellent quality skilled nursing care.
  • These rankings should not be the only source for those searching for nursing center care. Choosing the right center is a process that should be conducted both on- and off-line.
  • We must first make sure we’re talking to our loved ones about their preferences, and ensuring plans are put in place before the need for long term or post-acute care arises. Learn how to start that conversation at
  • Visiting a facility is a great way to compare centers, find out about specific services provided at an individual center, get to know staff and resident culture, and learn about payment options.

Quality Initiative:

  • The long term and post-acute care profession continues to advance quality care through our national effort, the Quality Initiative, which sets specific goals and measures in key areas shown to improve patient and resident quality outcomes.
  • Based on CMS data today, over half of AHCA members nationwide have safely reduced the off-label use of antipsychotics by at least 30%.
    • Virginia members have successfully reduced the off-label use of antipsychotic medications by 36.8% since CMS began tracking data in 2011.
  • As of today, more than 30% of AHCA member centers have reduced hospital readmissions by 10% since March 2017 or have a high performance rate below 10%.

Individual Facility Features:

Mission, values
Teamwork/dedicated staff – person-centered care
Quality process and solid care planning
Achievements, if applicable, through AHCA Quality Initiative, Quality Award Program, etc.