As noted in a recent N.Y. Times Article, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) noted that over 90% of U.S. nursing homes were cited for federal health and safety standards violations last year–and notably, for-profit homes had more problems. The report by HHS noted issues with pressure sores (also known as bed sores or decubitus ulcers), medication errors, and abuse and neglect among others and inspectors received 37,150 complaints last year. The article pointed out that HHS “substantiated 39 percent” of the complaints. As our society ages, nursing homes will become more populated; but, hopefully, this trend will cease if nursing homes are held accountable for their actions.

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