CQC Issues Press Release:
ADVOCACY GROUPS CALL FOR TOUGHER ENFORCEMENT AFTER NEW REPORT SHOWS “CHRONIC” NURSING HOME VIOLATORS
Contact: Richard Mollot – 212-385-0356, firstname.lastname@example.org
New York, NY, September 17, 2015—The Coalition for Quality Care (CQC) called for tougher nursing home enforcement today after a new analysis of federal data indicated that 44% of US nursing homes were permitted to continue to take in new residents – and receive public funds – despite having repeat violations of the same quality of care standards three years in a row. CQC is a national coalition of state and regional organizations, each of which is dedicated to improving long term care.
CQC, in collaboration with Coalition member Voices for Quality Care,conducted this analysis – which we believe is the first of its kind – using federal inspection records collected by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). “Unfortunately, this analysis confirms our collective experiences with nursing homes across the country,” said Richard Mollot, president of CQC, “Far too many people live in facilities where abuse and neglect continue year after year, with little or no effective intervention by regulators.”
While federal and state databases currently offer residents and families a snapshot of nursing home information—such as staffing hours, inspection scores, and quality measures—this analysis aggregates historical inspection data to identify those nursing homes that habitually violate the same minimum federal standards year after year.
“We hope that state leaders, regulators and attorneys general, as well as CMS, will use these data to identify and address persistent failures to protect nursing home residents, said Mollot. “Problems should not be allowed to persist and fester. The fact that so many nursing homes have the same quality of care deficiencies year after year should be a wake-up call to everyone concerned about the safety of nursing home residents, no matter the use of public funds on services that are worthless or harmful.”
For more information, including the data analyses for each state see the listings by state of nursing homes with three-year repeat deficiencies.