Originally published on May 15, 2017
Ohio Nursing Homes Below the National Average
A new report by Miami University in Oxford, Ohio based upon statistics from 2013, shows the quality of care in Ohio nursing homes has been lower than the national average. The report examined residents who stayed in a nursing home for 100 days or more. It ranked Ohio below the national average on 10 quality measures used by Medicaid and Medicare. Those include urinary tract infections, unexplained weight loss, pain, ulcers and use of antipsychotic drugs.
The report shows a clear difference in the quality rankings of for-profit nursing homes as compared to non-profit or government-owned facilities. 79% of nursing homes in Ohio are for-profit businesses. As a group, they were below national averages on all 10 quality indicators. Non-profit facilities tend to have more staff available for care than do their for-profit counterparts.
You can read the report for yourself here at http://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/centers/scripps/research/publications/2017/05/Quality-Care-Ohio-Skilled-NH.html
The agency that provides Ohio’s nursing home inspectors — the officials charged with making sure the state’s most vulnerable receive proper care — is understaffed by at least a dozen employees and, for years, has failed to meet federal deadlines for evaluating facilities.
You can review this report here: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/04/ohio_nursing_home_inspectors_f.html
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