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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services attempts to make sure prospective residents and their loved ones know how to choose a nursing home. One way Medicare identifies nursing homes is through its rating system, which rates nursing homes in the United States based on a scale of one to five stars, with one being the lowest quality and five being the highest. Medicare updates these ratings according to the results of recent inspections. In the event of neglect or abuse at a nursing home, nursing home abuse attorneys can help recover the compensation that residents deserve.

Citing of Deficiencies

One of the determinants in a facility’s overall Medicare rating is the number of deficiencies—as well as their degree of danger—found in nursing homes through inspections. Noted deficiencies in environment, staff, resident care, pharmaceutical services and others factor into the final decided rating. Specific deficiencies and the level of danger they possess are listed in Medicare reports to help inform past, current and prospective residents about a facility’s condition. The amount of time staff pays attention to residents is also detailed, in comparison to state and national standards. The organization then uses the one-to-five-star scaling system to rate the home anywhere from “much below average” to “much above average.”

A Trustworthy Guide

Medicare frequently updates each nursing home’s page soon after an inspection takes place, and can actually alter a facility’s rating from the “below average” range to an “average” or even “much above average,” depending on the improvements made. Medicare is a good way to see if the nursing homes you consider are providers of quality care.

If you find that a nursing home fails to meet Medicare’s standards of resident care, contact a nursing home abuse lawyer for representation today.

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  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

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  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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