The Governor's Gold Seal Award
The Nursing Home Gold Seal Award was implemented in 2002 as a way to recognize Florida nursing homes that exhibit excellence in care management and quality of life for their residents. While the vast majority of nursing homes in the state adhere to laws requiring high quality of care, the Gold Seal program was designed to reward those facilities with exceptionally high standards and quality of care. Each Gold Seal facility must meet rigorous criteria and is evaluated relative to the performance of their peers by region. Gold Seal recipients must be in operation a minimum of 30 months prior to the date of application. Performance criteria includes financial soundness, high quality of care ranking, an excellent record with the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, no "conditional" licenses nor Nursing Home Watch List appearances in the past 30 months, and a demonstrated evidence of community involvement.
AHCA Five-Star Quality Rating
The Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) Five-Star Rating indicates that a facility ranks better than 81% to 100% of the facilities in its region. That is, five stars means that the facility ranked in the top 20% of facilities in its region.
Star ranks indicate only relative rankings within a region. All of the nursing homes in a particular region could perform better than the statewide average. Therefore, a low rank does not necessarily indicate a "low quality" facility. Similarly, all of the nursing homes in a particular region could perform lower than the statewide average. Therefore, receiving a high rank does not necessarily indicate a "high quality" facility. Click here to learn more about the AHCA.
CMS Five-Star Quality Rating
The Five-Star Quality Rating System was created to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions. This rating system is based on continued efforts as a result of the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA '87), a nursing home reform law, and more recent quality improvement campaigns such as the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes, a coalition of consumers, health care providers, and nursing home professionals.
Nursing home ratings are taken from the following three sources of data:
- Health Inspections
- Quality Measures
A star rating is provided for each of these three sources, in case some areas are more important to you than others. Then, these three ratings are combined to calculate an overall rating.
Why is this important?
Nursing homes vary in the quality of care and services they provide to their residents. Reviewing health inspection results, staffing data, and quality measure data are three important ways to measure nursing home quality. This information gives you a "snap shot" of the care individual nursing homes give.