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There's no excuse for nursing home inspection delays


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 01, 2014

~~<p>Skilled-nursing facilities treat patients who are well enough to leave the hospital, but not well enough to go home. About 90 percent of such facilities in the United States also are certified as nursing homes, providing long-term care for an exceptionally vulnerable population of frail, elderly and disabled patients.</p>
<p>As the federal government revealed last spring, these health care facilities are far from perfect. One-third of all patients were harmed while in residence, and nearly 60 percent of the infections, injuries, medication errors and other problems they suffered were preventable, according to a report issued in March by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general. The report, based on a national sample of Medicare patients, found that injuries and deaths were caused by substandard treatment, insufficient patient monitoring and delays in or the failure to provide necessary care.</p>
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Skilled-nursing facilities treat patients who are well enough to leave the hospital, but not well enough to go home. About 90 percent of such facilities in the United States also are certified as nursing homes, providing long-term care for an exceptionally vulnerable population of frail, elderly and disabled patients.

As the federal government revealed last spring, these health care facilities are far from perfect. One-third of all patients were harmed while in residence, and nearly 60 percent of the infections, injuries, medication errors and other problems they suffered were preventable, according to a report issued in March by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general. The report, based on a national sample of Medicare patients, found that injuries and deaths were caused by substandard treatment, insufficient patient monitoring and delays in or the failure to provide necessary care. Login for more...



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