A report published by Pennsylvania’s senators lists hundreds of poorly performing nursing homes across the country.
Senators say these nursing homes have serious health and safety violations, but were left off an official list of troubled nursing facilities. Senators are taking matters into their own hands. Pennsylvania’s Senators Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Patrick Toomey say when a family or individual decides to place their loved one in a nursing home, it can be difficult.
“This is a critical sometimes life altering decision,” Casey said.
“They absolutely deserve to have the information about the quality of care their loved one is going to get,” Toomey said.
The report reveals nearly 400 nursing homes across the country are under-performing and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid kept that hidden from the public.
“We were disturbed to learn that there was a whole category of nursing homes across America including some in Pennsylvania, that did not meet the normal standards of care and quality and yet their names were being withheld,” Toomey said.
Senator Toomey says fewer than a hundred of them are participating in a special monitoring program.
“Those are disclosed, but the only reason that the other 400 are not in that program is because there’s not enough manpower,” Toomey said.
CMS told the Senators federal budget reductions just don’t give them enough resources to properly report.
They need more money I’ll support it. I’m in the whatever dollar amount it takes category to fix this problem,” Casey said.
The lawmakers hope this study will lead to improved nursing home care and help consumers make informed decisions about which facility they choose.