California Failing To Ensure Nursing Facilities Provide Quality Care, Audit Finds
Citations for substandard care have increased at the same time the facilities' profits are soaring. State Auditor Elaine M. Howle blasted the California Department of Public Health and other state agencies for failing to properly regulate the centers.
The Mercury News:
Audit Slams State Oversight Of Nursing Facilities
California’s skilled nursing facilities are increasingly putting their residents’ health in jeopardy, yet the state is failing to adequately crack down on the problem, according to a report released Tuesday. Citations for substandard care at skilled nursing facilities statewide increased by almost a third between 2006 and 2015, according to the report from the California State Auditor. Over the same period, profits for the state’s three biggest private operators of nursing homes soared by tens of millions of dollars, even as the number of nursing facility beds barely changed, according to the report. (Boyd-Barrett, 5/6)