Alabama nursing homes continue to rank ahead of the national average in a key measure of quality care according to a recent analysis of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data by the American Health Care Association.

As of July 2013, 61.7% of Alabama nursing homes were ranked 4- or 5-star in the CMS Five-Star Quality Rating System (Five-Star) compared to the national average of 49.2%. Alabama has ranked ahead of the national average since CMS began the Five-Star system in 2008. This latest analysis shows that Alabama saw a 32.6% increase in the number of 4- and 5-star rated facilities since December 2008.

“We’re proud of the progress that Alabama’s nursing homes have made in improving the quality of services and programs we offer to our residents,” Alabama Nursing Home Association Executive Director Bill O’Connor said. “These results clearly prove that our focus on quality is working. We will continue to make every effort to improve our care because our residents deserve the best.”

A Five-Star rating is a composite ranking based on scores in three domains: staffing, quality measures and findings from health inspections conducted by the state government. A score of five is the highest. All Five-Star composite scores and results are reported on the CMS web site, Nursing Home Compare.