Federal Program Misses Bad Nursing Homes

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Sep 30, 2009 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report today, saying that the Nursing Home Compare ratings system maybe missing a significant number of under-performing facilities.

Currently, the ratings system identifies 136 nursing homes as special focus facilities. Any nursing home given this title is subject to more frequent inspections because of their living conditions. The GAO says there maybe four times as many homes, or 580, that could be considered among the nations worst.

Senator Herb Kohl, D-Wis., has said that lawmakers should consider expanding the program. Sen. Kohl is the chairman of the Senate Aging Committee and requested the study with Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

The GAO said it made that suggestion two years and Federal officials agreed with the concept, but they didn't have the resources. The 580 homes identified by the GAO as the worst-performing represents almost 4% of the nations nursing homes.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and lawmakers are considering different approaches.

According to the report, Wisconsin has 3 nursing homes in addition to the original 4 that perform most poorly. You can read the report here.

Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice, S.C. is a Wisconsin law firm with a devoted nursing home abuse practice. Our nursing home abuse and neglect trial team is the largest in the state and has successfully represented abused and neglected nursing home residents throughout Wisconsin.

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