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Lawrence PMMA named high performer by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News and World Report has named Lawrence Presbyterian Manor to the Best Nursing Homes 2021-22 list. The senior living community received the highest score of High Performing in the long-term care category to make the list.

In addition to Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, three Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America® locations are on the honoree list with high performing designations for long-term care: Aberdeen Village (Olathe), Manor of the Plains (Dodge City) and Topeka in Kansas.

Lawrence Presbyterian Manor can serve 40 residents in the health care center. Both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care are available. The campus also offers independent living and assisted living.

U.S. News uses information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.”

This is the 11th consecutive year Lawrence Presbyterian Manor has appeared on the U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes List.

Manor of the Plains (Dodge City) and Topeka 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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