Alaska

Key Findings

  • Alaska was 2014’s second biggest nursing home quality loser, dropping 15 spots from last year’s top ranking.
  • Alaska lost substantial ground in all but two nursing home quality measures.
  • Alaska had the highest percentage of facilities with deficiencies at 100 percent, the worst when compared to other states.
  • Alaska nursing homes had three times as many severe deficiencies compared to last year.
  • The percentage of facilities with above average scores in professional nurse services and frontline caregivers dropped nearly 20 percent in each respective category.
  • Despite Alaska’s free-fall, the state still managed to rank first overall in professional nurse hours and direct care staffing hours.
  • Alaska nursing home care ranked second overall in the Pacific Alaska region.
Criteria2014
Data
2014
Grade
2014
Rank
2013
Rank
2013
Grade
2013
Data
Direct Care Staffing Above Average82.35%B12 1A100.00%
Direct Care Staffing Hours per Resident4.05A1 1A3.56
Facilities With Deficiencies100.00%F51 31D93.75%
Facilities With Severe Deficiencies29.41%F45 5A6.25%
Health Inspections Above Average41.18%D34 4A37.50%
Professional Nurse Staffing Above Average82.35%B16 1A100.00%
Professional Nursing Hours per Resident2.78A1 1A1.38
Verified Ombudsman Complaints69.64%B17 11B57.65%