U.S. Report On Nursing Homes Shows Over 90% of Facilities Cited For Deficiencies

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General  released a report last week detailing the "Trends in Nursing Home Deficiencies and Complaints" that paints a dismal picture showing that over 90% of that nation’s nursing homes were cited for federal violations from 2005-2007.  The most common deficiency categories cited in each of the past 3 years were quality of care, resident assessment, and quality of life.

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The report also showed a greater percentage of For-Profit nursing homes were cited for deficiencies than non-for-profit and government nursing homes in each of the last 3 years.  The report is presented as facts and has no recommendations on curing the deficiencies or improving the conditions from the conclusion drawn.  Clearly, there is room for improvement across the private and public sectors according to this report.