Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
Houston VAMC Nursing Home Receives 5 Star Rating
The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston recently announced that its nursing home received 5 stars as part of its annual performance rating. MEDVAMC’s announcement comes after VA 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 show 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. Of note, 60 of VA’s nursing homes improved their quality score from last year to this year (2nd Quarter FY17 to 2nd Quarter FY18). Only one facility had a meaningful decline in that metric, and that facility was already rated with four stars.
“We are proud of the top quality, Veteran-centric health care provided to Veterans in our Houston VA Community Living Center,” said Frank Vazquez, MEDVAMC Medical Center Director. “It is truly an honor and a privilege for us at pay back part of the debt a grateful nation owes to the men and women who have served our country.”
How VA Nursing Homes Compare with Private Sector
The best comparison of VA nursing homes to the private sector is in the overall star rating. Using that overarching and most important metric, VA’s performance compares very closely with that of the private sector. See here for a comparison of quality ratings using CMS’ Nursing Home Compare Five Star Quality Rating System as of April 2018.