Nursing Home Rating Systems – What to Know!

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There are over 900 nursing home facilities in the State of Ohio with over 80,000 residents. When considering a short term or long term nursing home for a loved one, it is important to research ratings to understand the quality of care to be expected. A below average rating can indicate a low quality of care for residents and patients of nursing homes. Every facility that is charged with caring for patients should take every action to attend to patients’ needs, keep them safe, and make sure they receive adequate medical attention.

Factors that are considered when rating a nursing home include:

  • Health inspections-Most nursing home facilities accept Medicare and Medicare; therefore are subject to federal regulations and yearly inspections
  • Staffing-the amount of nursing care and physical therapy care received by patients is an indicator of quality of care
  • Rehabilitation-Self reported and claims-based quality measures for short and long term stay.

Deciding to move a loved one into a nursing home can be difficult and emotional. Researching the ratings of these facilities can help ensure the decision is informed, and ease the process. Have you or a loved one suffered an injury due to nursing home negligence and decided to take action? Does a family member need help filing nursing home negligence claims? Contact my office immediately. As your attorney I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death and nursing home negligence cases. Serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

 

Ohio’s Poor Quality Nursing Home Care and Inspections

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I have news that is both shocking and sad. The Cleveland PD recently reported that our nursing homes are among the nation’s lowest rated. And if that isn’t enough, the people who are responsible for policing the nursing homes have been deemed wholly inadequate.

What is most troubling to me is that the victims are our most cherished, deserving, loved ones. These are the people who worked hard their entire lives to make our lives better. They are in the twilight, golden years and they should be treated with the highest degree of dignity and respect.

Instead, nursing homes only care about one thing, profit and the bottom line.

Consequently, they are purposely understaffed. To compound that problem, the personnel is not trained and/or supervised properly.

The state of Ohio provides inspectors to survey each and every nursing home. There are currently 960 nursing homes in Ohio and only 153 inspectors! This significantly disproportionate ratio has resulted in negative side effects for nursing home facilities AND residents.

In the last two years, Ohio has failed to meet federal deadlines for nursing home inspections.

The appallingly low number of Ohio inspectors oversees 960 nursing homes, 600 assisted living centers, and may investigate up to 2,000 complaints per year. In addition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services require states to complete inspections within 12.9 month intervals.

Ohio’s average interval for nursing home inspections in 2016 was 13.8 months; the year before that was 14.4 months. While the average decreased, these numbers are still utterly unacceptable if we are to provide proper care and safe living environment for our sick and elderly!

In the past 3 years, there have been a minimum—most nursing home neglect injuries go unreported—of 31 nursing home deaths attributed to poor quality in care.  A lack on inspectors and yearly inspections will continue to result in dangerous and fatal outcomes.

For 36 years, I have represented the victims of nursing home neglect and abuse. These are among the most disturbing and troubling cases that I have ever handled. The reason is that the victim is oftentimes most vulnerable because they are frail and disoriented, and fall easy-prey to ambivalent, poorly trained, and understaffed facility.

We know two things for sure.

Nursing homes in Ohio are ranked among the lowest in the entire nation and the people responsible for evaluating, and policing these institutions have been deemed by independent third parties as insufficient.

This is where I come in.

Oftentimes, I change the way nursing homes do business. By holding them accountable, I force them to change their practices and policies. My goal is that the tragedy that befell my client because of nursing home neglect and abuse will NEVER happen to anyone ever again.

If you suspect that a friend and/or a loved one has received substandard care and, consequently, suffered significant, permanent injuries, it is compelling to call me.

Only then will we be in a position to make real changes and protect our loved ones.

I’m happy to meet with you and your family at a time and place most convenient for you. As your Ohio nursing home negligence attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 855.800.0384.

The Nation’s Poorest Nursing Home Care is in Our Own Backyard

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Federal statistics have reported the state of Ohio is ranked as one of the poorest states for nursing home care.

As a medical malpractice attorney for 36 years, you can imagine this does not sit well with me. My first question when I read the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s article on Ohio nursing home care was, “what underlying factors are the cause for Ohio’s poor nursing home care?”

Nursing home negligence and abuse can be difficult to monitor for a multitude of reasons and, for this reason, many instances of negligence are under reported.

An estimate of only 1 in 14 elder abuse incidents are reported.

Without filed complaints, statistics for nursing home abuse may be even lower than the recent federal statistics illustrate!

The rating system used nationwide is called Nursing Home Compare. This allows “consumers” to compare nursing home information to make the right choice for their loved one by providing ratings of 1 through 5 stars.

This system rates the following factors:

  • Health inspections
  • Staffing within facilities
  • Quality measures for residents (addresses their treatment, physical health, pain, etc.)

Unfortunately, resident opinions are not included in the standard rating system. Many complaints often go unheard or are not properly managed.

In a startling discovery, almost half of Ohio’s nursing homes received below-average ratings for their care.

Here are some of the highlighted facts from the federal statistics as of December 2016:

  • There are 963 nursing home facilities in the state of Ohio.
  • All nursing homes are ranked through the federal Nursing Home Compare rating system.
  • 41% of Ohio nursing home facilities received 1 or 2-star ratings on this rating system.
  • The state of Ohio only requires 75 hours of aide training in nursing facilities, whereas other states like California require 150 hours.
  • 30% of Ohio’s nursing homes were fined approximately $6.37 million in a 3-year span.

My job as an attorney is to fight for the injured victim’s justice and Make Them Pay. When it comes to nursing home negligence, fighting for justice is not enough. My duty to those who are injured by negligent medical professionals is to fight for change and ensure these injuries never happen again.

It is important that you or anyone who has been hurt by a negligent nursing home reports any and all incidents immediately.

You can do so by filing an online complaint with the Ohio Department of Health as soon as possible.

If you or a loved one has suffered nursing home negligence and/or abuse, call me today. As your Ohio nursing home negligence attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.