Violations Reported at 94% of Nursing Homes

The New York Times reports that according to data just released by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2007, over 90% of nursing homes in the US were cited for violations of federal  health and safety standards. Further, in a report released by the federal agency’s inspector general found that for-profit nursing homes were in fact more likely to have problems compared to other types of facilities.

Some of the problems frequently cited include infected bedsores, medication mix-ups, poor nutrition, as well as abuse and neglect of patients. And adding insult to injury, the article notes that in some cases, nursing homes went so far as to billed Medicare and Medicaid for services that “were not provided, or were so wholly deficient that they amounted to no care at all.”

A spokesperson for the nursing home industry argues that the federal inspection program itself is in fact “broken” and that it does not reliably measure quality nor create positive incentives.


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