A new online tool offers an easy way to access detailed historical information regarding nursing home violations during the last three years.
Nursing Home Inspect is an app created by ProPublica that uses data compiled by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. More than a quarter-million nursing home violations have been identified by government regulators over the past three years.
Nursing homes are inspected on a yearly basis and also whenever there is a complaint. They are then rated according to the number of problems found on a scale of A to L, where L is the most severe. The majority of the nursing homes are rated D or E.
According to ProPublica, of the 262,500 problems listed on the database, the 10 most commonly violated regulations are:
Facility free from accidental hazards: 17,331
Facility has an infection control program: 14,186
Facility provides proper care for patients well-being: 13,401
Facility maintains sanitary conditions while preparing and distributing food: 11,746
Facility has comprehensive care plans: 9,070
Facilitys services meet professional standards: 8,986
Facilitys records meet professional standards: 7,962
Facility does not employ persons guilty of abuse: 7,288
Drug routine is free from redundant drugs: 7,040
Facility maintains dignity of patients: 6,605
The ProPublica tool has made it easier for users to spot trends or problems while sifting through reports about the quality of nursing homes.
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