State releases report on nursing home deficiencies

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The state Office of Inspector General in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is reporting that it found 291 deficiencies in 49 nursing homes it inspected in the second quarter of this year.

The information was obtained through an Open Records request by Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, a statewide advocacy organization.

Only one nursing home – Tanbark Health Care Center, Lexington – had no deficiencies and nine facilities had 10 or more.

The nursing homes with 10 or more deficiencies are:

•    Rosewood Health Care Center, Bowling Green (19 deficiencies)
•    Mountain View Health Care Center, Elkhorn City (18)
•    Christian Health Center, Louisville (16)
•    Wurtland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (15)
•    Christian Health Center, Corbin (14)
•    Royal Manor, Nicholasville (12)
•    Glasgow State Nursing Facility (12)
•    Regis Woods Care and Rehabilitation Center, Louisville (12)
•    Owsley County Health Care Center, Booneville (12)

The average number of deficiencies for nursing homes in Kentucky is six.

Detailed information on nursing home deficiencies is now available from two places on the internet:

1.    The state Office of Inspector General – at the urging of Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform – is now releasing the results of inspections on their Web site,  http://chfs.ky.gov/os/oig/LTCinspectionfindings.htm, along with ownership information for each facility. 

2.    The federal Medicare Nursing Home Compare site is http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/home.asp
Also, you can call the state Office of Inspector General at (502) 564-2888 if you have questions about deficiencies at a particular nursing home.