Brighton Ridge awarded five-star status

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Brighton Ridge, the city's only skilled nursing center, has been awarded a new five-star rating by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid. In 2013, Brighton was awarded a four-star rating, due to the excellent results from its 2013 state audit.

Since receiving the four-star rating in 2013, Brighton has done some tremendous work on its quality measures. "Quality measures" are key components picked out by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid. They are specific issues that skilled nursing facilities battle with every day and measurements on how well each facility copes with these issues.

Some examples are the percentage of residents that were appropriately given the flu shot, the percentage of residents that are physically restrained, the percentage of residents with moderate to severe pain and the percentage of residents who lose too much weight.

There are many different quality measures, and the more proactive a skilled nursing facility is on making sure that its residents are not "in pain" or "losing weight," the better the quality of care is, obviously, and therefore the better star rating each facility is awarded.

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