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As Labor Issues Loom, MPTF Awarded Five-Star Rating by US News & World Report

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LR-MPTF Logo-emailLR-MPTF LogoIn its annual report on best nursing home ratings, US News & World Report has placed the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) on its 2013 list of best nursing homes in California. The MPTF received an overall five-star rating from the publication, including high ratings in nurse staffing levels and quality measures, both of which scored above California and national averages.

Ironically, this comes at a time when the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West is threatening to strike over staffing levels, wages, health benefits and retirement packages for the 500 healthcare workers at the MPTF. The union recently distributed leaflets at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s annual pre-Oscar MPTF fundraiser.

In the US News study, nurse staffing levels are judged by the average number of hours per day of care received per resident from nurses and physical therapists. MPTF averaged 25 percent and 32 percent more than the state and national averages respectively. Quality measures are judged according to the percentage of residents who got recommended care, such as flu vaccinations, pain management and other treatments, and had their issues attended to. MPTF scored a 99 percent compared to the state and national scores of 94 percent respectively.

“I can’t tell you how thrilled we are that the hard work put into our patient care by all of our MPTF workers and management is recognized this way by a great organization like US News,” said Bob Beitcher, MPTF CEO. “With the exceptional work of our new management team over the past six months, we are providing our frail and vulnerable industry seniors even better care today.”

This is US News & World Report’s fifth annual best nursing homes ratings, highlighting the top nursing homes in each state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. The ratings cover more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide and are available at www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.

The publication drew on data from Nursing Home Compare, run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Home” designation to homes that earned an overall rating of five stars, the agency’s highest.

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