Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Follow Up Story On Nursing Home Inspections

We have posted previously on the story about nursing home inspections in LA County reported  in the Kaiser Health News (KHN) in conjunction with the LA Daily News.  The most recent story explains a report from the Calif. Department of Public Health.  The story, Review Finds Flawed Management Of Nursing Home Inspections In Los Angeles County ran June 20, 2014. Among other findings,

After reviewing a sampling of 136 cases received since 2009, the state health department found that LA. County officials did not properly prioritize or track investigations. The county faces a backlog of hundreds of nursing home safety complaints...The state also verified that L.A. County was using an unsanctioned policy for closing backlogged cases – called the “Complaint Cleanup Project” -- but determined that it had limited impact....

 The story reports that "[t]he state recommended that the county develop a system for supervisors to track open cases and do more training on documenting and prioritizing cases..."

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