Today, the federal government rolled out a revamped approach to make things easier for families in search of a nursing home. Like the system used to rate Medicare health and drug plans, the Nursing Home Compare site gives nursing homes from 1 to 5 stars in each of three key areas—10 quality measures, such as the percentage of residents with urinary tract infections; performance in the three most recent health inspections; and adequacy of staffing.
Each facility also gets from 1 to 5 stars overall. The nursing homes in the states listed below have the highest percentages of nursing homes with the lowest possible overall rating of 1 star on the revamped Nursing Home Compare site.
|State||Total Number of
|% With 1 Star|
|1. Louisiana||283||39.6 percent|
|2. Georgia||358||32.4 percent|
|2. Virginia||275||32.4 percent|
|4. Tennessee||317||30.9 percent|
|5. Ohio||945||29.4 percent|
|6. North Carolina||419||28.6 percent|
|7. Indiana||505||28.1 percent|
|8. Texas||1,108||27.6 percent|
|9. New Mexico||69||27.5 percent|
|10. Oklahoma||318||26.7 percent|
Corrected on : Corrected on 12/19/08: Because of a production error, an earlier version of the table contained inaccurate statistics for New Mexico.