A recent article outlined how to fix Indiana’s broken nursing home system after a “months-long IndyStar investigation that has uncovered dangerous conditions at poorly staffed facilities across the state.” The Governor of Indiana has recently stated that long-term care reform will be a priority in 2021, after many believe the state has ignored the issue.
Among others, the broken nursing home system has reported staff shortages, alleged injuries and deaths, and over $65 millions dollars lost to fraud. Many argue that this stems from a program that allows hospitals “to redirect federal nursing home funds to other uses.” In response, the article proposed five areas to work to better the nursing home system.
The areas the article suggests needs immediate attention are: stringent staffing requirements; address how funded money is allocated; increase transparency between hospitals and nursing homes they own; expand access to other housing options, such as in-home care; and provide funding to hire ombudsmen (an official appointed to investigate malpractice).
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