North Carolina ranks among the 11 states with the lowest-quality nursing homes, according to a report issued Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The findings are based on an analysis of quality ratings for more than 15,000 Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes in the country.
Of the 416 nursing homes in North Carolina, 41 percent have a low quality score of 1 or 2 on a 5-point system. In neighboring South Carolina, only 32 percent got scores of 2 or lower, while in Virginia it was 36 percent. The nation’s lowest-ranking state was Texas, where 51 percent of nursing homes merited a score of 1 or 2 points.
In North Carolina, 19 percent of nursing homes received a top score of 5, and 22 percent got 4 points. In the District of Columbia, 53 percent got 5 points, while only 10 percent of nursing homes in West Virginia and in Louisiana received a quality rating of 5.
The Kaiser Family Foundation also found that nursing homes tended to score higher if they are smaller and non-profits.
The organization did not provide quality ratings for individual nursing homes, but they can be found at www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html.