Nursing homes serving minorities offering less care than those housing whites

Source: Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, Center for Public Integrity, November 17, 2014

Center probe finds disparities in reported registered nurse staff levels that are especially pronounced for blacks, Latinos. …

… Although homes with residents of all racial groups had lower registered nurse staffing levels listed in the cost reports, the discrepancy was particularly pronounced in nursing homes where the majority of residents were either black or Latino. And the overall gap in this type of care for minorities was even more dramatic.

Hundreds of majority-black homes throughout the country were listed in Nursing Home Compare as providing a little more than a half-hour of registered nurse care per day. But the average daily level of registered nurse care at those facilities calculated through the Medicare cost reports was just about 20 minutes a day. Medicare cost data was not available for Alden Wentworth. The amount of registered nurse care is widely considered an important measure of quality care.

This staffing gap was even more stark in nursing homes where Latinos composed more than half of the residents. …

… Nearly all of the majority-black and Latino facilities were operated on a for-profit basis and on average had larger patient populations than the majority-white nursing homes. …