Consumer Reports: Despite Law, Poor Nursing Home Care Persists

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Two decades after the passage of a federal law to clean up the nation’s nursing homes, bad care persists and good homes are still hard to find, Consumer Reports (CR) finds in an investigative report published in the September issue. State agencies responsible for overseeing nursing home care have often failed to correct problems. For its investigative report, “Nursing Homes: Business As Usual,” CR analyzed the three most recent state inspection reports for some 16,000 nursing homes across the U.S. and examined staffing levels and quality indicators, such as how many residents develop pressure sores when they have no risk factors for them.The Consumer Reports Nursing Home Quality Monitor is be available free at This resource features a national database of homes to avoid and homes to consider“”facilities in each state that rank in the best and worst 10 percent on at least two of CR’s three dimensions of quality. In addition, CR names the following 12 homes that have been on each of its five lists of poorly performing homes since 2000. More details about these 12 homes and the complete list will be available online at

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