Nursing Homes in Alaska- Monthly Analysis & Key Metrics

The State Level Skilled Nursing Home Analysis Report

Recently, the Biden administration announced a goal of improving nursing home care, as highlighted in several important announcements (see the initial announcement and a subsequent announcement). While this is a commendable goal, it is not entirely clear what the best approach is for achieving it. Proposing minimum staffing levels for all nursing homes simplifies a complicated issue. Nursing Homes address a wide range of resident needs, from short-term rehabilitation to long-term care to dementia and memory issues, that require different levels of care. It also fails to address a national staffing shortage that will likely only worsen.

At NursingHomeDatabase.com, we believe that one critical element of any improvement effort is to have access to good, clear data and analysis that can help everyone understand the current state of affairs, identify trends, and track progress over time. To this end, we have built this series of reports that will try to illuminate the key metrics of nursing home performance for each state. Our reports are designed to provide valuable insights and inform policymakers, healthcare providers, and families who are interested in nursing home care.

The analysis for the state level report cards of nursing home care is primarily derived from data that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ("CMS") provides. CMS publishes weekly data about nursing home occupancy and COVID-19 infections and publishes monthly reports with ratings, staffing levels, and deficiencies.

Summary Analysis of Nursing Homes in Alaska- The 10,000 foot view

Updated on November 5, 2023

According to the latest data compiled by NursingHomeDatabase.com, Alaska has a total of 20 active skilled nursing facilities and 838 beds. Based on the US Census estimates for the population of 733,583, the current total bed count represents one bed for every 875.40 persons in Alaska. There were 714 residents as November 5, 2023 for a state wide occupancy level of 85.20 percent. (Note that the home count is based on monthly data provided by CMS and the number of beds and the occupancy numbers are based on weekly data. There is a minor number of homes that do not report their data weekly.)

According to the monthly data, Alaska has added 0 new beds and lost 0 existing beds over the past year.

The Biden Administration has announced that it wants to regulate minimum nursing home staffing levels. They have proposed minimums of .55 hours of care per resident per day from registered nurses (RNs) and 2.45 hours of care per resident per day certified nursing aids (CNAs). These are the current level amount of hours per resident per day of care for Alaska and a comparison to national averages.

Staffing Levels State National
Registered Nurse (RN) 2.29 0.66
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) 4.30 2.25
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) 0.65 0.88
All Staff 7.24 3.79

Detailed analysis pages for the largest cities in Alaska:

COVID-19 Infections in Alaska Nursing Homes

While COVID-19 infections and deaths are down significantly from late 2020 and 2021, the number of infections and deaths continues to be monitored. For nursing homes in Alaska there were a total of 3 new cases and 3 new deaths among residents for the week ending November 5, 2023. The chart below shows COVID-19 activity for the past year.

New and Lost Nursing Homes in Alaska

No new homes were reported by CMS over the past twelve months.

No homes were removed by CMS over the past twelve months.

Occupancy Percentages for Alaska Nursing Homes

The chart below shows the overall occupancy for nursing home beds in Alaska. Occupancies levels for individual facilities will differ and can be found on the detail page for the specific nursing home.

Best and Worst Nursing Homes in Alaska

The list below shows the best skilled nursing facilities in Texas based on their most recent weighted average inspection score. Some nursing homes may have higher overall 5-star ratings than those homes on this list. This is due to quirks with the rating system that tends to keep the overall rating from changing very quickly.

Facility Rating
Petersburg Medical Center Ltc
103 FRAM STREET
PETERSBURG, AK
14.00
Providence Valdez Medical Center
911 MEALS AVENUE
VALDEZ, AK
14.67
Utuqqanaat Inaat
436 MISSION STREET
KOTZEBUE, AK
23.33
South Peninsula Hospital Ltc
4300 BARTLETT STREET
HOMER, AK
30.67
Searhc Sitka Long Term Care
209 MOLLER AVENUE
SITKA, AK
34.67
Wrangell Medical Center Ltc
232 WOOD STREET
WRANGELL, AK
38.67
Cordova Community Med Ltc
602 CHASE AVE
CORDOVA, AK
39.33
Providence Seward Mountain Haven
2203 OAK STREET
SEWARD, AK
44.00
Providence Kodiak Island Med Ltc
1915 E REZANOF DRIVE
KODIAK, AK
47.33
Heritage Place
232 ROCKWELL AVENUE
SOLDOTNA, AK
55.33

The list below shows the worst skilled nursing facilities in Texas based on their most recent weighted average inspection score.

Facility Rating
Providence Extended Care
920 COMPASSION CIRCLE
ANCHORAGE, AK
348.00
Wildflower Court
2000 SALMON CREEK LANE
JUNEAU, AK
184.67
Maple Springs of Palmer
12130 EAST MAPLE SPRINGS WAY
PALMER, AK
174.50
Yukon Kuskokwim Elder's Home
1100 CHIEF EDDIE HOFFMAN HWY
BETHEL, AK
115.67
Ketchikan Med Ctr New Horizons Transitional Care
3100 TONGASS AVENUE
KETCHIKAN, AK
107.67
Quyanna Care Center
1100 GREG KRUSCHEK AVENUE
NOME, AK
85.33
Maple Springs of Wasilla
3265 E MERIDIAN LOOP
WASILLA, AK
78.00
Prestige Care and Rehab Center of Anchorage
9100 CENTENNIAL DRIVE
ANCHORAGE, AK
74.00
Providence Transitional Care Center
910 COMPASSION CIRCLE
ANCHORAGE, AK
64.33
Denali Center
1510 19TH AVENUE
FAIRBANKS, AK
57.67

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Skilled Nursing Homes in Alaska Compared to Nationwide

We have compared Alaska nursing homes to the nationwide average on several metrics. Alaska performed better than the national average on several metrics and worse on other metrics.

Cycle 1 Total Number Of Health Deficiencies 8.20 Lower
Cycle 1 Total Number Of Fire Safety Deficiencies 7.40 Higher
Cycle 2 Total Number Of Health Deficiencies 8.50 Lower
Cycle 2 Total Number Of Fire Safety Deficiencies 6.90 Higher
Cycle 3 Total Number Of Health Deficiencies 10.10 Higher
Cycle 3 Total Number Of Fire Safety Deficiencies 6.00 Higher
Average Number Of Residents Per Day 36.80 Lower
Reported Nurse Aide Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 4.30 Higher
Reported Lpn Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 0.65 Lower
Reported Rn Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 2.29 Higher
Reported Licensed Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 2.94 Higher
Reported Total Nurse Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 7.24 Higher
Total Number Of Nurse Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day On The Weekend 6.22 Higher
Registered Nurse Hours Per Resident Per Day On The Weekend 1.67 Higher
Reported Physical Therapist Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 0.10 Higher
Total Nursing Staff Turnover 48.00 Lower
Registered Nurse Turnover 45.10 Lower
Number Of Administrators Who Have Left The Nursing Home 0.10 Lower
Case-mix Rn Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 0.32 Lower
Case-mix Total Nurse Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 3.09 Lower
Number Of Fines 2.70 Higher
Fine Amount In Dollars 42,556.00 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Whose Need For Help With Daily Activities Has Increased 13.39 Lower
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Who Lose Too Much Weight 5.72 Lower
Percentage Of Low Risk Long Stay Residents Who Lose Control Of Their Bowels Or Bladder 41.90 Lower
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents With A Catheter Inserted And Left In Their Bladder 2.44 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents With A Urinary Tract Infection 2.81 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Who Have Depressive Symptoms 6.72 Lower
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Who Were Physically Restrained 0.15 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Experiencing One Or More Falls With Major Injury 3.87 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Assessed And Appropriately Given The Pneumococcal Vaccine 93.25 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Who Received An Antipsychotic Medication 15.71 Higher
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Assessed And Appropriately Given The Pneumococcal Vaccine 79.33 Lower
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Who Newly Received An Antipsychotic Medication 0.94 Lower
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Whose Ability To Move Independently Worsened 17.34 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Who Received An Antianxiety Or Hypnotic Medication 13.43 Lower
Percentage Of High Risk Long Stay Residents With Pressure Ulcers 9.06 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Assessed And Appropriately Given The Seasonal Influenza Vaccine 97.78 Higher
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Who Made Improvements In Function 80.21 Higher
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Who Were Assessed And Appropriately Given The Seasonal Influenza Vaccine 77.21 Higher
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Who Were Rehospitalized After A Nursing Home Admission 11.67 Lower
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Who Had An Outpatient Emergency Department Visit 13.31 Higher
Number Of Hospitalizations Per 1000 Long-stay Resident Days 1.31 Lower
Number Of Outpatient Emergency Department Visits Per 1000 Long-stay Resident Days 1.21 Higher