Se­nate re­leases long list of trou­bled nurs­ing homes

The News-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment for years has kept un­der wraps the names of hun­dreds of nurs­ing homes around the coun­try found by in­spec­tors to have se­ri­ous on­go­ing health, safety or san­i­tary prob­lems.

Nearly 400 fa­cil­i­ties na­tion­wide had a “per­sis­tent record of poor care” as of April, but they were not in­cluded along with a shorter list of homes that get in­creased fed­eral scru­tiny and do have warn­ing la­bels, ac­cord­ing to a Se­nate re­port re­leased Mon­day.

Bud­get cuts ap­pear to be con­tribut­ing to the prob­lem by re­duc­ing money avail­able for the fo­cused in­spec­tions that are re­quired for nurs­ing homes on the shorter list, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments and in­ter­views.

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