Walnut Hills has received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

CMS released its updated Quality Star Ratings in August. Results show Walnut Hills is among 20-percent of nursing homes in Ohio to receive a 5-star rating.

“When residents and their families are faced with important decisions about care, they need an easy, transparent way to figure out which facility is the best fit for them or their loved ones,” said CMS Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, M.D., MSc. “With this update, star-ratings will provide an even more accurate reflection of the services that nursing homes provide.”

The Quality Star Ratings are based on several components, including health inspections, staffing, and quality measures. This year, CMS added six new quality measures to broaden the amount of information available on the Nursing Home Compare website.

Those new quality measures included the percentage of short-stay residents who made improvements in function (Walnut Hills received 83.4%, well above the Ohio and national averages of 62.4% and 63.3%, respectively) and the percentage of short-stay residents who were re-hospitalized after a nursing home admission (Walnut Hills had a 5.4% re-hospitalization rate, well below the state and national averages of 21.2% and 21.1%, respectively).

We are pleased to have achieved a 5 star rating,” said Jeremy Kauffman, Executive Director at Walnut Hills. “While the system is not perfect, it does provide a glimpse into the quality of care being provided in a nursing home. The team here continues to meet quality metrics established by federal and state agencies. But most importantly we continue to receive high praise from residents and families for the kind, compassionate care that individuals receive at Walnut Hills.”