Report Cites Lax Oversight of Troubled Nursing Homes

  1. Federal health officials impose only minimal penalties on nursing homes repeatedly cited for mistreatment of patients, congressional investigators say in a new report.

    As a result, they said, some nursing homes cycle in and out of compliance with federal standards and pose a continued threat to the health and safety of patients.
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  3. by   OC_An Khe
    This is a double edge sword. If congress and the Congress and the states continue to reimburse snf's at below cost then adequate staffing and thus safety will never be obtained. If they increaase reimbursements there is no guarranttee that the increased revenue will be spent to improve safety. Those that abuse will continue to do so and laugh all the way to the bank.
  4. by   SuesquatchRN
    From the article:

    "The Bush administration rarely uses its authority to deny payment to homes with a history of compliance problems and typically imposes fines far less than the maximum of $10,000 a day, the study said."
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    The pitiful standards are way too low.
    At least ensure the law is followed. Maximum fines could encourage compliance.