Report: Oversight of California nursing home chains lacking

Nov 10, 2014 11:54 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A newspaper in the state capital says the California Department of Public Health does not try to determine how nursing home chains compare on key quality measures even though the information would be valuable and potentially life-saving for consumers.

The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday that its own investigation found major differences in the patient care provided by the state's largest operators. For example, the Bee says that one Los Angeles company that runs more than 35 facilities has a higher-than-average record of using restraints on its patients.

The newspaper reviewed individual compliance and complaint reports for California's 1,260 nursing homes along with ownership records to identify chain-wide patterns.

California Association of Health Facilities legal adviser Mark Reagan disputes The Bee's conclusions. He told the newspaper that nursing homes are heavily regulated by both the state and the federal government.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee

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