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December 23, 2010 For Immediate Release
NEW NURSING HOME GRADING SYSTEM GOES INTO EFFECT JAN. 1
Antonovich to Lead Media Demonstration at Glendale Senior Facility
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Mayor Michael D. Antonovich held a press conference at Windsor Manor highlighting the Nursing Home Grading System he initiated which will go into effect state wide on January 1, 2011.
"To enhance the quality of care for our senior citizens, the state law I initiated requiring nursing homes to publicly display their federal five-star rating follows the success of our restaurant grading system," said Antonovich, who also fathered the County's restaurant grading system in 1997. "This posting system provides vital information for families to make informed decisions about the care for their loved ones and provides incentives for facility operators to establish and maintain high-quality standards of care and compliance."
In 2009, the Board of Supervisors approved Supervisor Antonovich’s motion to provide the Federal Government’s grading reports of area nursing homes on the Los Angeles County website. The motion also encouraged the State to require that nursing homes post their five-star rating issued by the Federal Government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to allow the consumer to make an informed decision about care. Signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger, Assembly Bill 215 by Assemblymen Cameron Smyth and Mike Feuer, requires nursing homes to post assigned grades reflecting their quality ratings.
The rating system covers quality of medical care, staffing levels, food services, sanitation, bedsore mitigation and the results of licensing inspections. The system designates five stars for the highest rated facilities, down to one star for the poorest.