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AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000344027.43038.d2
In the News: Stories to Watch in 2009

A poor prognosis for the growing U.S. elderly population

Section Editor(s): Kennedy, Maureen Shawn MA, RN

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E-mail: shawn.kennedy@wolterskluwer.com

Receiving high-quality care at nursing homes. The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General found that 91% of nursing homes were cited for deficiencies in 2007, and nearly 17% were cited for actual harm or immediate jeopardy incidents. Fewer nonprofit and government nursing homes than for-profit facilities were cited for deficiencies. Deficiencies occurred most often in the areas of quality of care, resident assessment, quality of life, and dietary services. Accident hazards; urinary incontinence; and providing for residents' physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being were among the top quality-of-care issues. The percentage of nursing homes with deficiencies in 2007 ranged from 76% in Rhode Island and 80% in Massachusetts to 100% in Alaska, the District of Columbia, Idaho, and Wyoming. Overall, deficiency rates have remained unchanged since 2005. Read the report at www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-02-08-00140.pdf.

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