Assisted living star rating system may be altered or abandoned

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Assisted living star rating system may be altered or abandoned
Assisted living star rating system may be altered or abandoned

North Carolina's four-star rating system for assisted living communities may be altered, abandoned or kept as-is depending on the feedback that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services receives in a web-based survey, North Carolina Health News reports.

Interested parties have until July 31 to provide input.

The ratings system has been in operation since 2009, although it was a three-star system in its first year, according to the not-for-profit news organization.

North Carolina Senior Living Association Executive Director Jeff Horton and North Carolina Assisted Living Association President and CEO Frances Messer both were involved in the creation of the system before serving in their current roles, NCHN reported. NCALA is a state affiliate of Argentum.

The rating system relies on existing inspection reports rather than being more comprehensive due to the level of state funding behind it, Horton, a former state official, told the news organization. The system has not been updated as originally was planned when it was implemented, he added.

Messer told NCHN that the ratings system could be replaced by a state website that makes it easier for consumers to access information about citations, violations and fines against individual assisted living communities.

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