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How do you locate a nursing home that accepts Medicare?

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Nursing homes that accept Medicare can be found through online searches on the Medicare website, Medicare.gov. On the Medicare site, find the Nursing Home tool. First, search by geographical location, and then filter the results by whether the nearby sites accept Medicare.

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Another way to find nursing homes that accept Medicare is to use the U.S. News website's Best Nursing Homes guide at USNews.com. Visitors to the U.S. News website access its nursing home search tool by navigating to the Nursing Home page, which is located under the Health tab. Geographical search results display the Medicare and Medicaid acceptance status of each nursing home. Users can then compile lists based on state or ZIP code.

The search results for nursing homes on both websites show the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services star rating. The star rating rates the nursing homes between one and five stars according to overall performance, health inspections, staffing and quality measures. The Medicare website offers visitors the option of filtering geographic search results by star rating and of reading an in-depth description of Medicare's star-rating criteria.

Medicare.gov also provides visitors with a tool through which they can run a comprehensive comparison of up to three nursing homes. Visitors may also look up information on nursing home alternatives, state website information, rights of nursing home residents and nursing home tips.

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