More than 80 percent of nursing homes are reporting higher levels of registered nurse care to a government-run website for consumers than are reflected in their reports to Medicare.
Studies show that the amount of care, especially by registered nurses, is strongly connected to the quality of care.
Eight of the 10 states with the largest levels of reporting discrepancies are in the South.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was supposed to start using more accurate data for nursing home staffing reports by March 2012 — that hasn’t happened, and might not for another two years.
Reviewing nursing home records is a tedious, time-consuming job. The under staffing within the nursing home is evident in the lack of charting, and worse yet, the poor quality of care your loved one is receiving. As a nurse consultant, I am able to locate these documents and entries. I am able to compare what was documented to what is required by Medicare. As always, Lifeline offers a free phone consultation on cases such as these. Want a list of documents to look for in a nursing home case? Give us a call @ 509.684.6110.