Monday, February 13, 2012

What is the Sustainable Growth Rate and Why Should I Care?

The sustainable growth rate is a method used by the government to (theoretically) limit the growth in costs under the Medicare program. The effects of this little understood measure has big implications for seniors on Medicare and their physicians. For a great article on the topic, check out:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

One Star for 2012 - Nursing Homes that Received Medicare's Lowest Rating

The Center for Medicare and Medcaid Services (CMS) maintains a web site called "Nursing Home Compare" that provides information about quality ratings at nursing homes throughout the country. While the ratings are not perfect, a very good or very poor rating is something to consider when choosing a nursing home. In a subsequent post, we will list the nursing homes in Cook County, Illinois that received the highest rating (5 stars). For today, we are posting a list of those that received the lowest rating (1 star). According to CMS a one star rating means "Much Below Average."

One Star Rated Nursing Homes for Cook County, Illinois 2012:

  • Alden Lincoln Rehab and Health Care Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • Alden Princeton Rehab and HCC, Chicago, Illinois
  • Alden Town Manor, Cicero, Illinois
  • All Faith Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
  • Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • Applewood Rehabilitation Center, Matteson, Illinois
  • Avenue Care Nursing & Rehab Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • Bellhaven Nursing & Rehab Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • Berkeley, Nursing & Rehab Center, Oak Park, Illinois
  • Berkshire Nursing & Rehab Center, Forest Park, Illinois
  • Bridgeview Health Care Ctr, Bridgeview, Illinois
  • Brightview Care Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • Bronzeville Park Nursing & Lvg Ctr, Chicago, Illinois
  • California Gardens Nursing & Rehab Ctr., Chicago, Illinois
  • Central Nursing & Rehab Ctr., Chicago, Illinois
  • Columbus Park Nursing & Rehab Ctr. Chicago, Illinois
  • Crestwood Care Centre, Crestwood, Illinois
  • Elston Nursing & Rehab Ctr, Chicago, Illinois
  • Evergreen Health Care Ctr, Evergreen Park, Illinois
  • Exceptional Care, LLC, Burbank, Illinois
  • Glen Bridge Nursing & Rehab Ctr, Niles, Illinois
  • Glenshire Nursing & Rehab, Richton Park, Illinois
  • Glenwood Healthcare & Rehab, Glenwood, Illinois
  • Jackson Square Nursing & Rehab Ctr., Chicago, Illinois
  • Lake Cook Terrace Nursing Ctr, Northbrook, Illinois
  • Lakeview Rehab & Nursing Ctr., Chicago, Illinois
  • Lexington of Orland Park, Orland Park, Illinois
  • Manorcare of Oak Lawn West, Oak Lawn, Illinois
  • Manorcare of Rolling Meadows, Rolling Meadows, Illinois
  • McAllister Nursing & Rehab, Tinley Park, Illinois
  • Meadowbrook Manor - LaGrange, LaGrange, Illinois
  • Midway Neurological / Rehab Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • Niles Nursing & Rehab Ctr, Niles, Illinois
  • Oak Lawn Repiratory & Rehab, Oak Lawn, Illinois
  • Oak Park Healthcare Center, Oak Park, Illinois
  • Oakton Pavillion, Des Plaines, Illinois
  • Park House Nursing & Rehab Ctr., Chicago, Illinois
  • Plaza Nursing & Rehab Ctr., Midlothian, Illinois
  • Providence Palos Heights, Palos Heights, Illinois
  • Providence South Holland, South Holland, Illinois
  • Renaissance at 87th Street, Chicago, Illinois
  • Renaissance at Hillside, Hillside, Illinois
  • Renaissance at Midway, Chicago, Illinois
  • Renaissance Park South, Chicago, Illinois
  • South Suburban Rehab Ctr., Homewood, Illinois
  • Southpoint Nursing & Rehab Ctr., Chicago, Illinois
  • Villa at Windsor Park, Chicago, Illinois
  • Warren Barr Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
  • Warren Park Health & Living Ctr, Chicago, Illinois
  • Windmill Nursing Pavilion, South Holland, Illinois
  • Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
For more information about area nursing homes and advice for getting quality care - check out the "Library" section of our website at