Wednesday, March 7, 2012

State Inspectors Lax on nursing homes

California nursing home inspectors fall short in following up on their own investigative findings, possibly enabling sustained neglect of nursing home residents or lax practices that can injure residents, according to a new federal report.
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General, which oversees Medicare and Medicaid, identified shortcomings by the California Department of Public Health, which inspects the state's 1,150 nursing homes.
The report, issued last week, is the second in a series of federal examinations of California nursing home oversight. One review examines a case that limited federal overseers' ability to take action after inspectors discovered that maggots were coming out of a resident's ear.
Read more:State's follow-up on nursing home problems lacking, report says


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