The Focus on Excellence Ratings System does not replace the individual's duty (and/or the family's duty) to physically inspect the prospect facility, make direct contact with caregivers in the prospect facility, and use individual judgment in deciding nursing home placement.

The Focus on Excellence Rating System is a voluntary program for facilities that have a Medicaid contract. Thus, the Ratings System does neither rate facilities that do not volunteer data or facilities that do not have Medicaid contracts. While these two types of facilities are small in number, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority makes no representations about the care in these facilities.

Finally, individuals and family members should note that care conditions in facilities can change rapidly. While the Oklahoma Health Care Authority has designed its ratings system in part to take into account these potential rapid changes (its system rates homes four times a year), individuals and families should take note of this issue.

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