On January 2013, 3,036 nursing homes earned an overall rating of five stars from the federal government and Rice Care Center was voted as one of these. The data behind Best Nursing Homes comes from Nursing Home Compare, a website run by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS sets and enforces standards for nursing homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid, as most are. The agency also collects information from states and individual homes and assigns each home (other than a few too new to have built up enough months of data) a rating of one to five stars in each of three categories:
- State-conducted health inspections
- Nursing and physical therapy staffing
- Quality of medical care
For more information or the details of the elements that determine each home’s star rating please visit US News at http://www.usnews.com/ or Medicare.gov at http://www.medicare.gov/NursingHomeCompare.