The Billings Gazette had an article proving that for-profit nursing homes provide less quality care than non-profit nursing homes. A disproportionate number of Montana nursing homes rated below average by the government are operated by for-profit corporations, an analysis shows. Almost 60 percent of the state’s skilled-nursing facilities awarded one or two stars by Medicare are for-profit entities, according to information available on the government’s Nursing Home Compare Web site. For profits tend to cut corners and decrease staffing for profit and bonuses.
Medicare rates nursing homes on a five-star scale using data collected during annual inspections. Facilities are also scored on their staffing levels and how they perform on certain quality measures. Some 26 of Montana’s 90 nursing homes earned one or two stars in the most recent analysis. One star is “much below average” and two stars is “below average,” according to Medicare.
“I don’t think it means a lot,” said Jerry Smyle, vice president of operations for Lantis Enterprises Inc., which owns 12 for-profit nursing homes in Montana.
Of course, he doesn’t.