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Choosing a nursing home for yourself or a loved one can be stressful. How do you know which ones are good? The Medicare Nursing Home Compare tool may shed light on the quality of nursing homes in your area.
Medicare.gov, the government-run website, lists details about every Medicare-certified and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) inspects nursing homes (in unannounced visits) to make sure they’re in compliance with Medicare and Medicaid standards.
The Medicare Nursing Home Compare tool tells you about such things as staffing levels, problems, and steps made to correct the problems. CMS rates each nursing home based on the information it gathers.
You can use the Medicare Nursing Home Compare tool to find out information such as:
This is not a complete list, but it gives you some idea of what the Medicare Nursing Home Compare tool can tell you about nursing homes.
When you visit Medicare.gov online to use the Medicare Nursing Home Compare tool, you simply type in your ZIP code or your city and state into the Location box and press Enter on your keyboard.
If you have the name of a nursing home that you’re researching, you can enter the name in a box below the Location box.
There’s a lot of other information on the Medicare Nursing Home Compare tool page on Medicare.gov. It’s worth a visit if you’re looking for a good nursing home.
Medicare may cover care in skilled nursing facilities or nursing homes, but typically it’s temporary and limited coverage. Your doctor must decide it’s medically necessary for you to receive skilled nursing care. If you’re in a nursing home just for “custodial” care (such as help dressing or bathing), Medicare won’t cover your costs.
If you qualify for nursing home coverage, Medicare Part A usually:
The coverage above is for each “benefit period,” which begins the day you’re admitted to the skilled nursing facility and ends when you haven’t had skilled nursing care for 60 days in a row.
You might want to look into Medicare Supplement insurance, because some plans may cover your skilled nursing facility coinsurance for a limited time.
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