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Search Our Nursing Home Inspection Data, Now With Thousands of New Reports

New government data expands our searchable cache of nursing home inspection reports to include details about 217,000 reported deficiencies.

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The federal government today uploaded details of an additional 70,000 problems at nursing homes nationwide, and we’ve included them in our Nursing Home Inspect tool that lets users easily examine trends at the facilities.

Nursing Home Inspect now has information on almost 217,000 deficiencies identified by government inspectors.  Until now, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had only put online narrative details of these deficiencies from a home’s most-recent routine inspection, called a standard survey, as well as 16 months of complaint inspections.

What’s changed is that CMS has now included the details of a home’s three most recent routine inspections. For many homes, that means results from 2009 and 2010 are now available online. Previously, they had only been available by filing at Freedom of Information request.

News organizations around the nation have used Nursing Home Inspect to identify issues at homes in their area.

Nursing Home Inspect allows users to search all inspection reports by keyword — such as injuries, MRSA or ignore— to look for problems that may appear across the country. Results can be sorted by state or severity level. Our tip sheet offers suggestions about how to get the best search results.

Nursing home industry officials have cautioned that although the reports can be of value when choosing a home, they are only a snapshot and don’t highlight good practices in the home. The American Health Care Association, a nursing home industry group, has launched a program that each year recognizes homes it says are working to improve the quality of care.

Salvatore DiChristina

Oct. 26, 2012, 5:54 a.m.

The last 8 months of my 94 year old father was spent in a nursing home where we paid upward of $4000.00 a month plus doctor’s and medication fees. There was not a day where my mother and 3 sisters did not spend upward of 10 hours a day ministering to his every need they could perform so as not to bother the staff. In other words the bell in his room calling for assistance from professional help was seldom used. My two brothers would visit him in the early evening and I took the graveyard shift anywheres from 10 PM til 2 AM. Idid my usual drop in arounfd 11 PM one cold january evening to find my father’s room with the door shut and my father shivering under a thin sheet whyile the hallway outside the room was warm. I went to the nurses station and demanded that my father be provided with blankets and the heat be turned up in his room along with the admonish that my father was not a charity case as his estate was paying 4000 a month. I also added that because of the wonderful care provided by my family, their job was less bothersome. As I said we seldom used the call nurse bell and my father was never a pain in the rear patint.

Incident 2: My father-in-law spent the last few months in the same nursing home some months later. A couple of months after his death my wife and two of her siblings received a bill for some $2200.00. As they were discussing splitting the bill, I looked at it and something clicked in my mind as to the date of service. I asked my wife what day did her father die. When she told me the date, the procedure they were charging us for was 3 days after my father-in-law died. I called the nursing home and finally got through to the head honcho. I gave him all the pertinent info so that he could call up mi in-law’s record. “what seems to be the problem?’ said the nursing home director. I said I thought the last bill, “do you see the one that said $2200.00 on it/” He said “Yes I have it here”. I said that the bill was two low and they had left out some things that should be added to the bill. Suspecting something was up, he said “what did we fail to add to the bill?” I said you should have added the exhumation of my father-in-law’s body seeing as you performed procedures 3 days after he was buried. He said it must have been a clerical error and for us not to worry about paying that bill as he will see the error is corrected immediately. So in good conscience, I hope when my time comes it is to just drop and never have to be an inhabitant of a nursing home.

I know there are some good, caring nursing homes as I have spent much time in several of them visiting my tubed up brother over the past two years. And to those institutions they my undying respect. It is too bad that some are operated by charlatans who ought be prosecuted. I now regret not having pursued legally of both the issues of my Father and my Father-in-law.

Is it my imagination or do the AHCA award criteria not have anything to do with improved care?  To me, it reads like a venture capital guideline more than anything else.  Best Buy has a “customer focus,” and I don’t know anybody who’d use them as a care facility.

It is a national scandal how corrupt for-profit nursing homes are, and how government regulators are in bed with the nursing homes in a revolving door similar to Pentagon contractors who used to be military generals. I had my mother in Glen Oaks nursing home in Clearwater, Florida, and they killed her. They flat out killed her and there was nothing I could do about it. Believe me, I tried. The elderly are prisoners in these nursing homes and terrible abuse is built in to the system. The doctors don’t care, the nurses are undertrained or overworked, meds are handed out the wrong way. It is like a prison or insane asylum. The people who harmed my mother will rot in hell.

This article is part of an ongoing investigation:
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Our Nursing Home Inspect tool allows anyone to easily search and analyze the details of recent nursing home inspections, as well as penalties imposed on each home over the past three years.

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