Nursing Homes Increase Ratings By Self-Reporting, Even Though Cited For Abuse

Nursing home facilities are finding ways to beat the system with self-reporting measures of their facilities. The number of nursing homes receiving a 4 to 5 star rating has risen from 37% in 2009 to 50% in 2013. The problem is a third of those same nursing homes are on a government watch list for violations of care and neglect or abuse issues. “These are among the very worst facilities, and yet they are self-reporting data that gives them very high staffing and very high quality measures,”said one state lawmaker.

There are individuals staying at a home with a 5 star rating and do not agree that it should receive such a high mark. They believe they receive basic minimal care. “If I fell down, they’d pick me up, but that’s about it,” says one patient who has lived at one of the 5 star rated homes for several years. For more, read the 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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