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New rating system ranks Miss. nursing homes

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - About a quarter of Mississippi's nursing

homes rank at the bottom of a new federal rating system based on

quality of care, staffing and health inspections.

The rating system by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare

Services grades thousands of nursing homes across the nation. It

assigns nursing homes one to five stars, based on quality, staffing

and health inspections. Much of the information was collected this

year.

Louisiana led the nation in the percentage of one-star homes,

with 39 percent of its 285 homes, according to the analysis.

Delaware, which has 45 homes, had the largest percentage of

five-star homes at 29 percent.

Officials say the goal of the rating system is to make it easier

for older Americans and their families to choose nursing homes.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,

http://www.clarionledger.com

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