Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich today applauded the Governor's decision to sign legislation requiring California nursing homes to post their five-star rating issued by the Federal Government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The rating, with five stars being the highest and one star the lowest, includes medical care, staffing levels, food services, sanitation, bedsore mitigation and the results of licensing inspections.
"The nursing home grading system will provide families vital information about the quality of care for their loved ones as the County's successful Restaurant Grading system equips them to make informed decisions about dining establishments," said Antonovich. "It also provides incentives for facilities to establish higher quality standards and compliance."
Assembly Bill 215 was authored by Assemblyman Mike Feuer and Cameron Smyth at the request of Supervisor Antonovich, whose motion to support the legislation and send a five-signature letter to the Governor, the California State Legislature, and the Director of the State Department of Public Health to support a facility rating guide for nursing facilities and convalescent homes, was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
While the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services performs licensing and complaint inspections through a contract with the State of California, only the State can require facilities to post the results of the new Federal Rating system.
Supervisor Antonovich wrote the legislation that created the County's Restaurant Grading system established in 1997.