The Office of the Inspector General discovered that state agencies aren’t doing enough to make sure that nursing homes are correcting deficiencies. The majority of state agencies do not verify that nursing homes’ fixed or corrected problems, as required and needed for the health, safety, and well-being of the residents.
“If state agencies certify that nursing homes are in substantial compliance without properly verifying the correction of deficiencies and maintaining sufficient documentation to support the verification of deficiency correction, the health and safety of nursing home residents may be placed at risk,” the office wrote.
“The unevenness of surveyors’ findings and enforcement actions taken by state surveyors is well documented,” LeadingAge spokeswoman Lisa Sanders told McKnight’s. “State survey agencies are frequently short-staffed, and turnover at these agencies is often rampant, which means that those responsible for surveying nursing homes may have neither the training nor the experience to know what they are seeing and whether conditions comply with federal standards and requirements.”