Survey information is taken from Nursing Home Compare, a U.S. government website maintained by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The site contains detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare
Several types of staff are included in the nursing home staffing information collected by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):
Each facility reports its staffing hours to its state survey agency. These staffing hours are from a two-week period just before the state inspection. CMS obtains staffing data from the states and converts the staffing hours reported by the nursing home into a measure that shows the number of staff hours per resident per day. The staffing hours per resident per day are reported by type of staff, and all staff combined as a total. Staffing hours are evaluated and reported as a five-star rating where more stars are better. Five (5) stars are the most a nursing home can get. One (1) star is the fewest.