Trends in Nursing Home Deficiencies and Complaints

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, OEI-02-08-00140, September 2008

This memorandum report describes the nature and extent of nursing home deficiencies and complaints in 2007 and identifies trends from 2005 to 2007. This study is part of the Office of Inspector General’s (GIG) continuing commitment to addressing the quality of care in nursing homes. It builds on OIG’s prior work by analyzing the most recent data available on nursing home deficiencies and complaints.

In each of the past 3 years, over 91 percent of nursing homes surveyed were cited for deficiencies and a greater percentage of for-profit nursing homes were cited for deficiencies than not-for-profit and government nursing homes. During those same years, the most common deficiency categories cited were quality of care, resident assessment, and quality of life. Additionally, 17 percent of nursing homes surveyed in 2007 were cited for actual harm or immediate jeopardy deficiencies, and 3.6 percent were cited for substandard quality-of-care deficiencies-a slight increase since 2005. Lastly, the number of substantiated complaints decreased nearly 3 percent since 2005.
See also:
OIG Supplemental Compliance Program Guidance for Nursing Facilities: Federal Register Notice

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