Wisconsin Veterans Home at King gets four five-star rankings

Patricia Hafermann • Benefit Specialist

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) gave 5-star rankings to the four facilities at Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John A. Scocos states “[o]ur mission is to provide the safest and best quality care to our nation’s heroes and the latest reports by CMS indicate that our efforts are paying off[.]” Secretary Scocos added “[w]hile we did receive some citations during our latest inspection, we take those citations seriously and as always we are putting corrective action plans in place immediately so that we may make improvements.” It seems that King has improved financially as well. In 2011, King operated at a $12.8 million deficit. However, in 2016, King is operating with a $40 million cash balance.

Only 15 percent of homes in the country receive a 5-star rating, and this is King’s first time for each of its facilities to receive 5-stars. The ratings are based on the quality of care delivered; direct care staffing levels, and the results of annual health care inspections. Veterans’ homes are subject to inspections, including 187 healthcare standards and 82 life safety standards. The annual inspections are conducted by the state Department of Health Services and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

For more information, visit www.wisvets.com

If you have any additional questions, you may call Pat Hafermann,

Elderly Benefits Specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center at (920) 467-4076.

Sources: Published with permission from the Legal Services Team at the Greater Wisconsin

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