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Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation

400 South Service Road, Melville, New York 11747

Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Melville, New York. It has 320 certified beds that have been approved by the federal government to participate in Medicare and Medicaid, with an average of 303.3 residents per day. Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation is not in a Continuing Care Retirement Community, and it is not in a hospital. It has a Resident Council to facilitate communications with the staff. The facility is a for profit corporation doing business under the legal business name of East Northport Residential Health Care Facility, Inc.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gives each nursing home an overall rating* on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest rating and 1 star the lowest. The CMS also rates each nursing home in the categories of health inspections, staffing, and quality of resident care. The overall rating for Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation is “below average” or 2 stars.

Health inspections

Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation’s star rating for health inspections is 1 star which is a “much below average” rating. New York State inspectors regularly conduct full inspections of nursing homes for compliance with the federal Medicare and Medicaid regulations. In addition, at any time during the year a nursing home may also be inspected based on a complaint submitted by a resident, relative or other individual, or based on a facility’s self-reported incident.

The date of the most recent health inspection was January 3, 2018. In that report 3 health citations were noted. The average number of citations for New York is 4.8 and the average number of citations in the United States is 7.8. The statement of deficiencies noted that the facility did not ensure that a comprehensive person-centered care plan (CCP) for each resident was developed to meet the resident's current needs. The incident cited in the report involved a resident who was required to have bilateral hand rolls as per therapy evaluations and recommendations. However, the resident was observed on two occasions without the gauze hand rolls in place. In addition, the use of the hand rolls was not identified in the CCP or in the care instructions provided to the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

In addition, during the last 2 years, there were 2 complaints that resulted in citations, and there were 6 occasions in which there were facility-reported incidents that resulted in citations.

Staffing

For staffing, Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation received 2 stars which is a “below average” rating. The total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day at Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation is 1 hour and 20 minutes, while the New York average is 1 hour and 31 minutes and the national average is 1 hour and 33 minutes. The registered nurse hours per resident per day at Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation is 33 minutes compared to 42 minutes for New York and 41 minutes for the United States. The licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/LVN) hours per resident per day at Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation is 47 minutes compared to 49 minutes for New York and 53 minutes for the United States.

Physical therapist hours are also measured. This measure shows the average time physical therapists spend providing care tor residents throughout the facility. However, not all nursing home residents require physical therapy. Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation provides 7 minutes of physical therapist staff hours per resident per day, compared to the New York average of 7 minutes and the national average of 5 minutes.

Quality of resident care

Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation’s star rating for overall quality of resident care is 5 stars which is a “much above average” rating. Facilities are also rated on their quality of care for short-stay residents and long-stay residents.

Short-stay residents. Short-stay residents are those who spent 100 days or less in a nursing home, or residents covered under the Medicare Part A Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) benefit. Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation’s star rating for short-stay residents is 5 stars which is a “much above average” rating.

18.9% of Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation’s short-stay residents were re-hospitalized after a nursing home admission, which is lower than the average for New York of 20.4% and national average of 22.6%. Antipsychotic medications can be used to treat certain mental health conditions. 0.2% of short-stay residents of Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation received antipsychotic medication for the first time, while the New York average is 1.5%. and the national average is 1.8%.

Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores or pressure injuries, are injuries to skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin, such as staying in one position for a long time. 0.8% of the skilled nursing facility residents at Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation had pressure ulcers that were new or worsened while residing at this facility. The national average is 1.6%.

Nursing facilities are also evaluated for their flu and pneumonia prevention measures. 93.9% of Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation’s short-stay residents received the needed flu shot for current flu season. This percentage is higher than both the New York and national averages which stand at 82.6% and 82.3%, respectively. As for the percentage of short-stay residents who needed and got a vaccine to prevent pneumonia, the percentage for Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation is 95.2%, while the average for New York is 79.3% and the average for the United States is 83.2%.

Long-stay residents. Long-stay residents are those who spent over 100 days in a nursing home. Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation’s rating for long-stay residents is 5 stars which is a “much above average” rating.

A part of a nursing home’s quality of resident care rating is the number of resident hospitalizations. For Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation, the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 long-stay resident days is 0.93, while the New York average is 1.55, and the national average is 1.75. As for the number of outpatient emergency department visits per 1,000 long-stay resident, for Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation the number is days is 0.55, while the New York average is 0.74, and the national average is 1.03.

The rating also takes into consideration specific medical issues experienced by residents. The percentage of long-stay residents at Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation experiencing one or more falls with major injury is 4.1, while the New York average is 2.9, and the national average is 3.4.

The percentage of long-stay high-risk residents at Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation with pressure ulcers is 7.6%, compared to the New York average of 8.6% and the national average of 7.4%.

The percentage of long-stay residents at Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation with a urinary tract infection is 2.1%, compared to the New York average of 2.4% and the national average of 2.8%.

The percentage of long-stay residents at Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation who have or had a catheter inserted and left in their bladder is 0.5%, compared to the New York average of 1.6% and the national average of 2.2%.

As for factors related to mobility and pain, the rating examines the percentage of residents whose ability to move independently worsened. For Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 14.1% of long-stay residents’ ability to move independently worsened. The average for New York is 16.0% and the national average is 17.9%.

The percentage of long-stay residents at Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation whose need for help with daily activities has increased is 10.2%, compared to the New York average of 13.3% and the national average of 14.8%.

The percentage of long-stay residents Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation who report moderate to severe pain is 0.5%, compared to the New York average of 4.0% and the national average of 6.9%.

Fines

When a nursing home gets a serious citation or fails to correct a citation for a long period of time, that facility may be assessed a penalty. A penalty can be a fine against the facility or a denied payment from Medicare. Huntington Hills Center received a fine of $39,683 on October 16, 2018.

*Disclaimer

The information about the performance of Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation is from Medicare.gov and is based on past performance. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance. Further, we recommend that you check the statistics yourself at Medicare.gov for both accuracy and updates. Choosing a nursing home is a very difficult decision, and we make no representation as to the quality of any of the facilities or their ratings on the site.

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