Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital announced that its long-term nursing care facility received an overall rating of four-stars out of a possible five as part of its annual performance evaluation.

Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital announced that its long-term nursing care facility received an overall rating of four-stars out of a possible five as part of its annual performance evaluation.

Truman VA’s announcement comes after the Veterans Health Administration extended its unprecedented 18-month record of transparency disclosures by making public for the first time its annual nursing home ratings for every facility in the country. View the ratings here. 

The data shows that overall, VA’s nursing home system

– composed of more than 130 community living centers

– compares closely with private sector nursing homes, even though the department, on average, cares for sicker patients in its nursing homes than do private facilities.

In fact, the overall star rating for VA’s nursing homes compared to the 15,487 private sector nursing homes rated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shows that VA has a significantly lower percentage (34.1 percent lower) of one-star, or lowest rated, facilities than the rest of the nation.

Of note, 60 of VA’s nursing homes improved their quality score from the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 to the second quarter of fiscal year 2018. Only one facility had a meaningful decline in that metric, and that facility was already rated with four stars.