Nursing Home Abuse: Understaffing of Nurses

There is a discrepancy as to the nursing staffing levels  between the data collected by Medicare and the self reporting by nursing homes on the government’s public website, Nursing Home Compare.   A new law was enacted that was supposed to base staffing on an accurate payroll method by March, 2012.  The implementation of this law has been delayed.  The study reported in this article finds that nursing home’s use the staffing levels during the two week time period before annual inspections, where staffing is beefed up because of the anticipated inspection, is not an accurate reflection of the actual staffing.  The academic studies have shown that lower levels of nursing care are associated with higher levels of injury and death.

 

 

 

 

 

To read more:  http://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/11/12/16246/analysis-shows-widespread-discrepancies-staffing-levels-reported-nursing-homes

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