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Report: La. nursing homes rank poorly on quality

2 years 11 months 2 weeks ago June 09, 2014 Jun 9, 2014 Monday, June 09 2014 June 09, 2014 3:50 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ambria Washington

BATON ROUGE- A recent state legislative audit puts Louisiana at the bottom when it comes to running Medicaid nursing facilities.

The state of Louisiana was cited with more than 7600 deficiencies. Out of the ten nursing facilities with the most deficiency violations, Affinity Nursing and Rehab Center was the fifth worst nursing home in East Baton Rouge. Carrington Place of Baton Rouge was also ranked in the bottom ten.

According to the audit report, some of the top deficiency violations were not providing each resident with a written plan of care, not having a program to eliminate the spread of infections, not keeping items in sanitary places and the storing of unnessary drugs.

The report also stated that Louisiana had the lowest overall nursing staff in the nation. Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of the health and hospital, said that they hope to invest more money into improving Louisiana's status within Medicaid nursing facilities.

"We have been working with providers to improve our nursing homes and to transfer individuals out of institutions and into home and community-based settings," Kliebert said in a written statement. "We are investing another $12.1 million in the next fiscal year to increase access to Community Choice, Children's Choice, Support, Adult Day Health Care, and NOW waivers. From the current fiscal year to the next, the budget DHH proposed would increase home and community-based services approximately 6 percent, for a total of $606 million in funding." 

About 21 percent of Louisiana's nursing facilities received a rating of 1 and about 14 percent received a 5 star rating.

Click here to read the full report.

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