Byron Health Center Receives Overall 5-Star Community Rating

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Attains Highest Quality Resident-Centered Care Measure
Fort Wayne, IN – Byron Health Center continues to excel in resident-centered care as shown by retaining an overall 5-Star community rating as determined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  CMS created the 5-Star Quality Rating System, which gives each nursing home a rating of between 1 and 5 stars, to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily.  Nursing homes with 5 stars are considered to have much above average quality and nursing homes with 1 star are considered to have quality much below average.  There is one overall rating for each nursing home, and then a separate rating for each of the following three sources of information:
  • Health Inspections – The health inspection rating contains information from the last 3 years of onsite inspections, including both standard surveys and any complaint surveys.  This information is gathered by individuals who go onsite to the nursing home and follow a specific process to determine the extent to which a nursing home has met Medicare’s minimum quality requirements.  The most recent survey findings are weighted more than the prior two years.  More than 200,000 onsite reviews are used in the health inspection scoring nationally.  Byron Health Center currently has a 4-Star rating for health Inspections.
  • Staffing – The staffing rating has information about the number of hours of care on average provided to each resident each day by nursing staff.  This rating considers differences in the level of need of care of residents in different nursing homes.  For example, a nursing home with residents who had more severe needs would be expected to have more nursing staff than a nursing home where the resident needs were not as high.  Byron Health Center currently has a 3-Star rating for staffing which includes a 4-Star rating specifically for Registered Nurse staffing.
  • Quality Measures (QMs) – The quality measure rating has information on 11 different physical and clinical measures for nursing home residents - for example, the prevalence of pressure sores or changes to resident’s mobility.  Six new quality measures were added to the mix as of April, 2016.  .  The rating now includes information about nursing homes' use of antipsychotic medications in both long-stay and short-stay residents.  This information is collected by the nursing home for all residents.  The QMs offer information about how well nursing homes are caring for their residents’ physical and clinical needs.  More than 12 million assessments of the conditions of nursing home residents are used in the 5-Star rating system.  Byron Health Center currently has a 5-Star rating for QMs.
An overall 5-Star community rating means Byron Health Center continues to achieve the best possible level of resident-centered care.  Of the 539 nursing homes in Indiana, only 133, or about 24.2% have an overall 5-Star community rating.
Byron Health Center provides compassionate long-term care for adults with complex needs including physical, mental, emotional and neurological services.  Each resident is recognized as an individual who seeks and deserves to reach his or her optimal potential.  Byron Health Center and Miller’s Place continue a tradition of over 160 years of serving the long-term health care needs of Indiana residents.  Byron Health Center is licensed to provide intermediate and skilled nursing care while Miller’s Place provides assisted living services to individuals who are more independent and are able to live in a residential setting.
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