Investigation Finds that State Nursing Homes are Using Tax-Payer Money on Anything But Care

One state’s nursing homes have received $880 million in additional funding from a 2004 state law designed to help hire more caregivers and boost wages. But 232 homes did just the opposite. They either cut staff, paid lower wages or let caregiver levels slip below a state-mandated minimum, a California Watch investigation has found.

The homes that made these cuts collected about $236 million through 2008, the last year of available data. That's more than a quarter of the total "Medi-Cal" funding increase shared by the state’s nursing homes. But the law that made the extra money possible included few safeguards to ensure that patient care improved.

Many nursing homes appeared to use the extra cash to help bolster their bottom lines, according to the investigation's analysis of state nursing home data. Among the 131 homes that cut staff by 2008, the median profit was 35 percent more than other homes in the analysis. The nursing homes are even using the funds to fight state fines imposed for poor care. For more, read the full story.



Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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