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Rating Methodology

To create our State Guide to Assisted Living Records & Reports, we assessed each state and the District of Columbia using more than a dozen objective criteria:

  • Whether the state lists assisted living communities online and if so,
    • whether it's updated frequently (within 60 days)
    • whether the information is searchable
  • Whether information about inspections, complaints, violations, etc. are available online, and if so:
    • whether it's updated frequently
    • whether it's searchable or whether this information is integrated with the list of licensed communities, or whether it's in a separate location
  • Whether information about special licensing for care is available
  • Whether the community's pricing is available
  • Whether the capacity of the assisted living community is available
  • Whether the community's administrator or owner's name is shown
  • Whether payment types are shown online (i.e. Medicaid, private pay)
  • Whether the state can fine the facility
  • The frequency of mandatory inspections 

After our Regulatory Licensing Team established each state's adherence to the criteria, we applied a rubric that assigned a value to each particular criterion based on its relative importance. This allowed us to apply an objective score for each level of transparency, in turn defining a rating:

Exceptional: Has a unified online searchable database for assisted living facilities and licensing and regulation data. Includes assisted living provider background and contact information.

High: Has separate searchable databases for assisted living facilities and licensing and regulation data. May lack information about inspections and regulatory actions.

Moderate: Has directories of licensed communities online but does not have a searchable database. May lack information about inspections and regulatory actions.

Basic: Lists assisted living facility information in a PDF or Excel file. Information about regulatory actions is usually not available. A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request may be required to get information about the community. 

 

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