Hillcrest Homes in LaVerne Receives Five-Star Rating From CMS

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Woods Health Services, the Long Term Care Facility at Brethren Hillcrest Homes (Hillcrest) is Pleased to Announce it has Received an Overall Five-Star Rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Woods Health Services, the long term care facility at Brethren Hillcrest Homes (Hillcrest) in La Verne, California, is pleased to announce it has received an overall five-star rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

CMS has enhanced its public reporting to include a set of quality ratings for each nursing home that participates in Medicare or Medicaid. The ratings take the form of several “star” ratings for each nursing home. The primary goal in launching this rating system is to provide residents and their families with an easy way to understand assessment of nursing home quality, making meaningful distinctions between high and low performing nursing homes.

The rating system features an overall five-star rating based on facility performance for three types of performance measures, each of which has its own associated five-star rating. These domains are: Health Inspections (measures based on outcomes from State health inspection surveys), Staffing (measures based on nursing home staffing levels reported at the time of State health inspection), and Quality Measures (measures based on the CMS Minimum Data Set (MDS)).

CMS’ Five-Star quality ratings for the health inspection domain are based on the relative performance of facilities within a State. This approach helps to control for variation between States. Facility ratings are determined using these criteria: The top 10 percent (lowest 10 percent in terms of health inspection deficiency score) in each State receive a five-star rating. The middle 70 percent of facilities receive a rating of two, three, or four stars, with an equal number (approximately 23.33 percent) in each rating category. The bottom 20 percent receive a one-star rating.

Hillcrest is a not-for-profit retirement community located in the charming town of La Verne conveniently nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley. The campus is surrounded by recreational opportunities including spacious parks, golf courses, a lake, and the renowned Los Angeles County Fairgrounds. The University of La Verne and The Claremont Colleges are within easy driving distance for educational, cultural and sporting events. To learn more about Hillcrest and Woods Health Services, please visit our web site at http://www.livingathillcrest.org or call 909-593-4917. To learn more about the Five Star Rating program at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services visit http://www.medicare.gov.

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