Massachusetts attorneys, Bernard J. Hamill, Quincy

Underperforming Nursing Homes

The Government has just listed (November 2007) underperforming Nursing Homes. Two are in Massachusetts: Massachusetts Cedar Hill Health Care Center, Randolph
and Milton Health Care, Milton.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services designated theose nursing homes as “special focus facilitys” with more oversight needed. The practical effect is that states conduct inspections every six months instead of every year for those facilities.

""Very, very poor quality nursing homes do not deserve to be left untouched or unnoticed,"" said Sen. Herb Kohl, Wis.

To measure the safety and quality of a Nursing Home, generall three (3) broad categories are considered:

- Staffing levels - hours for RNs, LPNs/LVNs, and nurse’s aides.
- Deficiencies from state inspection surveys
- Quality indicators - Examples include residents that developed ulcers, or became incontinent.

U.S. Governement List of "Worst Nursing Homes" 2007 - http://www.cms.hhs.gov/CertificationandComplianc/Downloads/SFFList.pdf

See the full List here: Underperforming Nursing Homes

See the "Deficient Dozen" here.

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