Understaffed and Underserved

Number 27143
Subject Nursing Homes
Source Center for Public Integrity
State
Year 2015
Publication Date ov. 12, 13 and 17 2014 2015 – Feb. 13 and 23, Aug. 28 and Oct. 22
Summary "Understaffed and Underserved: A Look Inside America’s Nursing Homes" exposed staffing discrepancies, racial disparities and billions of dollars in questionable HUD-backed mortgages granted to facilities across the country, revealing the intersection of nursing home companies’ profit-driven practices with weak governmental oversight that all too often leads to devastating, and even fatal, consequences for some of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens. The project generated widespread media pickup, resulted in the filing of federal legislation, the GAO saying it would investigate the five-star rating system and contributed to federal policy change by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Advocates throughout the nation used data from the project to advocate for legislative change, while a law professor had her students do field testing for a potential civil rights law suit and plans to request HUD Secretary Julian Castro to initiate a complaint against a Chicago-area nursing home chain.
Category Philip Meyer Contest entry
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Keywords elderly; staff; racial diparities; profit; Philip Meyer entry
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