October 14, 2014
Lenbrook, Atlanta’s premier senior living community with an onsite, full-service skilled nursing and rehabilitation health center, has earned a five-star quality rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Lenbrook's health center, which has 60 private skilled nursing suites, is Medicare-certified and undergoes an onsite health inspection survey by CMS staff each year in addition to regular submissions of detailed reports.
The five-star quality rating system was designed by CMS in 2008 to help consumers make choices when comparing skilled nursing service providers. Each year, CMS rates the nation's skilled nursing centers on a one to five star quality rating scale and publishes those ratings on its website. The website is searchable by zip code, state or facility name, enabling easy comparison. The overall rating is based on three parts: health inspections, quality measures and staffing. Scores in each of the three areas are then used to determine the overall five-star rating earned by the facility.
"We encourage everyone to research and compare their best options for high quality rehabilitation services and skilled nursing care," said Chris Keysor, President and CEO of Lenbrook. "The Medicare star rating is just one of a several indicators you can use. Another is national accreditation by CARF-CCAC (the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission), and making personal visits to your top choices is a must," Keysor said. "At Lenbrook, we're proud to be both a top-rated Medicare-certified health center and a CARF-CCAC accredited continuing care retirement community."
About 20 percent of the nation's 15,000 Medicare-certified skilled nursing facilities have earned the top five-star rating and about 10 percent of the nation's nearly 2,000 CCRCs have earned the comprehensive CARF-CCAC accreditation.
Lenbrook became the first CCRC in Atlanta to earn national accreditation in 1992 and remains the only CCRC in the metro area to have done so. It earned Medicare certification for its health center in the spring of 2013. “We are a not-for-profit organization committed to full transparency and providing the highest quality of care. We welcome third-party validation of our operations and ability to provide excellent care and service," Keysor said.