Nearly 60 percent of New Jersey's 358 nursing homes are ranked above average by the federal government, an increase from last year and well over the national average, the New Jersey Hospital Association reported Wednesday.
And the number of facilities that received the lowest ranking totaled 7.5 percent – less than half the 16.5 percent nationally ranked the worst by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the association noted.
Patients and their families can access much of the information at Medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare to learn how the federal government ranked facilities on a scale of one to five stars based on health inspections, staffing and quality measures.
In Bergen County, eight of 32 nursing homes received a five-star rating – the highest – and none received a one-star rating. However, three facilities were ranked two-star, which is considered below average. They were Atrium Post Acute Care of Park Ridge, Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus and Woodcrest Health Care Center in New Milford, according to the federal website.
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In Passaic County, eight homes out of 20 received the highest ranking of five stars and one received the lowest ranking of one star -- Hamilton Plaza Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Passaic, according to the federal website. Meanwhile, two facilities were ranked below average with two stars, the Llanfair House Care & Rehabilitation Center and Oak Ridge Rehabilitation, both in Wayne, according to the federal website.
The number of facilities that scored above average – nearly 60 percent – improved from last year's data, which revealed that roughly half received high marks, the association noted.
"New Jersey's nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities provide so much of the care required by the elderly and most vulnerable in our communities,'' said Betsy Ryan, president and CEO of the hospital association. "The work they do in quality improvement, innovation and compassion reverberates throughout the state.''