Demanding Safety in Nursing Homes

Staffing shortages aren’t just impacting nursing homes. News reports say they are also affecting the survey agencies that check in on nursing homes to ensure safety in operations and care of residents.

Nearly 30 percent of nursing homes have not received what is known as their “standard survey,” a comprehensive inspection that is to be done every 15 months, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Pennsylvania senator Bob Casey is among those demanding answers.

“These agencies play a particularly important role in oversight of the country’s more than 15,000 nursing homes, enforcing federal standards related to medical care, adequate staffing and safeguarding residents from abuse and neglect, among others,” said Casey. However, agencies are finding it hard to find and keep surveyors. States have had to use contract inspectors, pay overtime, and staff substitutions to compensate.

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