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Topeka named to U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes list

Topeka Presbyterian Manor is on the U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes 2020 list, earning recognition as a High Performing skilled nursing community for those in long-term care.

Topeka Presbyterian Manor can serve up to 68 residents in the health center, where they offer both long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. The campus offers independent living and assisted living in addition to health care services.

U.S. News and World Report annually analyzes data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other sources to determine which short-term rehabilitation centers and skilled nursing communities perform at the highest level and designates them as Best Nursing Homes in their publication.

CMS, the government agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes, assigns one to five stars to each community for how well it performs in health inspections, nurse staffing and level of quality care. Over the past two years, U.S. News has changed its focus from the star ratings to specific quality measures included in the CMS data to determine which skilled nursing centers meet the High Performing standard.

The 10 quality measures focus on staffing, outcomes, resident complaints and processes of care. Some of the measures used by U.S. News are not included in the CMS approach to determining 5-star ratings.

U.S. News added the Short-Term Rehabilitation rating in 2018, evaluating the care delivered to patients after a hospitalization for surgery, heart attack, stroke, injury or similar condition. In 2019, U.S. News added a Long-Term Care rating, evaluating the care delivered to residents who are no longer able to live independently and need help with daily activities such as eating, getting in or out of bed or a wheelchair, using stairs, or getting dressed, as well as administering needed medical care.

In order to be included on the U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes list, a skilled nursing center had to receive the High Performing designation in either the short-term rehabilitation or long-term care categories. In 2020, CMS awarded 5-stars to 3,689 skilled nursing centers. A total of 3,277 skilled nursing centers were recognized as Best Nursing Homes in 2020 – 2,362 in short-term rehabilitation and 1,623 in long-term care. Just 708 skilled nursing communities received this designation in both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care.

In addition to Topeka Presbyterian Manor, six other PMMA communities were recognized for long-term care: Aberdeen Village (Olathe), Arkansas City, Lawrence, Manor of the Plains (Dodge City) and Wichita in Kansas and Aberdeen Heights (Kirkwood) in Missouri.  

“Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America employees continue to focus their efforts on delivering quality care every day,” said PMMA President and CEO Bruce Shogren. “The High Performing designation confirms their good work.”

All Medicare- and Medicaid-certified health care centers were evaluated by U.S. News. To be eligible for an overall rating, a center must have received reimbursement from CMS in July 2020 and had sufficient data to evaluate quality in that rating.

Aberdeen Village (Olathe), Manor of the Plains (Dodge City), and Wichita in Kansas and Aberdeen Heights (Kirkwood) in Missouri were named High Performing in the Short-Term Rehabilitation category.

To learn more about the U.S. News and World Report rating system, visit their FAQ page.

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