RECENT INITIATIVES and investigations coming out of Washington, DC, call for improving conditions in nursing homes, but some physicians said regulators are ignoring a valuable component that could help save lives.
A US General Accounting Office (GAO) report, California Nursing Homes: Care Problems Persist Despite Federal and State Oversight, presents the results of an investigation of 62 cases involving the death of a nursing home resident in 1993. The retrospective study found that 34 of them received care that was unacceptable. The report also said that about 30% of California's 1400 nursing homes have been cited for serious violations under federal and state guidelines.
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