One of the most telling statistics as to quality of care of a Nursing Home is that of staffing. The amount of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified aides, therapists and nutritionists caring for residents have a direct impact on the care given to the residents. Presently, this information is self reported by Nursing Homes to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services and admittedly, by CMS, is inaccurate. The basis of such staffing reporting is to insure that Nursing Homes are staffing to the needs of each resident and to allow those looking for a nursing home to have actual and reliable information to make a decision. Yet Nursing Homes are still allowed to self-report in a non reliable way and in essence manipulate the information.
The Affordable Care Act attempted to change this obvious manipulation by mandating such staffing reporting to be based solely on payroll records, the most objective and reliable method. CMS imposed a March 2012 deadline for such reporting which both the Nursing Home Industry and CMS have ignored. Two democratic representatives have been wondering why the March 2012 deadline has yet to be implemented. In a recent letter to CMS , the law makers stated the new system is argued to be the most accurate, it has still yet to be implemented. Even the CMS has admitted that staffing data is not accurate. The question must be raised then, why is this reporting issue not a priority?
While these issues are hopefully being dealt with on a governmental level, the problem is ever present for those currently living in or looking for a nursing home. If nursing homes are lying about the amount of staff member they have, it surely is not because they are overstaffed. When selecting a Nursing home, always ask to see their staffing report, which they must have on display in the lobby. Use your visual skills in attempting to determine if the amount they of staff they report is similar to what you see. In fact, you should also ask to review their most recent survey, an inspection, to determine if the state found any short staffing. Nursing home residents should be cared for with full attention. If you or your loved one has ever been a victim of neglect due to a lack of staff members, call The Javerbaum Wurgaft Nursing Home Group today. They are there to help represent your needs and get you the care you deserve.