One state health department is hiring 19 new nursing home inspectors in response to concerns about the department maintaining quality of care standards in the state’s 419 nursing homes. The inspectors will help to reduce the number of deficiencies already found in nursing homes and to vet new nursing home chains desiring to come into the state and open up new facilities.
The state department of health is also summoning a new team of inspectors to perform unannounced surveys to create a greater level of accountability for nursing homes. The plan to fund this team of inspectors is to use the funds received from fines when deficiencies are cited. For more, read the story.