A Failing Grade – Advocacy Group Gives Nevada Nursing Homes An ‘F’
People who remember what it was like being graded in school probably remember that in many settings, these grades were handled with some sort of curve. Basically, your work was not only measured on its own merits, but it was also compared to the work of others in order to arrive at a final grade. If you were ever in a class of 51 students and you were seen by the instructor as having been the 43 rd best student in that class, you would most likely be looking at repeating that course during the next term or the summer. Unfortunately, there is no repeating or 'do-overs' when it comes to nursing home care despite the fact that Nevada was recently ranked 43 rd out of 50 states and the District of Columbia with regards to the quality of oversight that it provides for its residents. This so-called report card was completed by a group known as Families for Better Care, and a link to Nevada's performance can be found here. Below are just a few of the findings that were contained in this report for the Silver State:
- Every Nevada nursing home was cited for a deficiency during the time period that was analyzed.
- Fewer than 25 percent of Nevada nursing homes scored an above average health inspection.
- More than 1 in 3 nursing homes in the state were cited for a severe deficiency based on abuse or neglect of residents.
- Nevada's ombudsmen verified the second-fewest number of complaints in the United States.
- Nevada is the worst nursing home state in the Pacific Region.
- Utilizing staffing data courtesy of the Kaiser Health Foundation
- Analyzing performance measures available through Medicare and Medicaid
- Reviewing complaint data from the Office of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman