The Motion Picture and Television Fund‘s long-term care facility, which the care-givers union has criticized repeatedly over staffing levels and other issues, got some validation this week by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine rated the MPTF facility among the best nursing homes in California. The facility earned an overall 5-star rating and a better than state and national average rating on 4 out of 5 patient care issues including average time nurses devote to each patient. Average time for the categories of nurses overall, licensed practical and vocational nurses, certified nurse assistants and physical therapy staff exceeded state and national averages, but time spent by registered nurses was below state and national averages (see chart here). Nurse staffing received a 4-star rating (out of 5 possible). The facility’s marks for health and safety standards (food handling, accident hazards and other safety issues) were 3 stars out of 5 possible. For quality measures such as flu vaccinations and other recommended patient treatments or the frequency of care-related problems, the MPTF home received 5 out of 5 stars.