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U.S. News and World Report recognizes Manor of the Plains as high performing

Manor of the Plains in Dodge City has been named “High Performing” by U.S. News and World Report in both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. Being a High Performing community places Manor of the Plains on the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Nursing Homes list for 2021-22.

Manor of the Plains is a PMMA (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America®) community. The campus offers both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in its 50-bed health care center. In addition, the campus offers independent and assisted living.

“PMMA® employees continue to focus their efforts on delivering quality care every day,” said PMMA President and CEO Bruce Shogren. “Never have those efforts been put to the test more than during the past 18 months as they have worked tirelessly to protect resident health and safety in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The High Performing designation is a tremendous accomplishment and recognition of 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 2021 and had sufficient data to evaluate quality in that rating.

This year’s ratings include some new requirements for a community to earn a High-Performing rating – most notably that federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data published by October 14 must list the location as having a COVID-19 staff vaccination rate of at least 75 percent. As a result, only 13 percent of skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation centers earned even a single Best Nursing Homes badge.

U.S. News uses information from CMS, the government agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes and skilled nursing centers. CMS 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 three years, U.S. News changed its focus from the CMS star ratings to specific quality measures for short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. 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 addition to Manor of the Plains, three PMMA locations are on the long-term care honoree list with high-performing ratings: Aberdeen Village (Olathe), Lawrence and Topeka.

Manor of the Plains (Dodge City) and Topeka were named High Performing in the Short-Stay category.

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

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