Nursing homes are increasingly owned by private investment groups who manage them through complex administrative structures that make the assignment of responsibility for deficiencies in care provided to the residents very difficult. These investment groups also tend to reduce operational costs by reducing the staff who provide care (RNs and CNAs) creating greater potential that residents will receive less care of adequate quality than they need. These concerns have been exacerbated by the fear among advocates for higher quality care in nursing homes that the Trump administration will reduce the already inadequate regulatory framework for maintaining an acceptable level of quality of care in nursing homes.
The following articles address several dimensions of the quality of care concerns. We will continue to track developments in this area over the next several months.
- Care Suffers as More Nursing Homes Feed Money Into Corporate Webs (The New York Times)
- At Many Homes, More Profit and Less Nursing (The New York Times)
- Nursing Facilities Owned by Private Equity Firms: Fewer Nurses, More Deficiencies (Center for Medicare Advocacy)
- Corporate America’s Latest Target: Nursing Home Patients (HuffPost)
- Carlyle Group Cedes Control of Nursing Home Chain (New York Post)
- Private-equity owned nursing homes deliver poorer quality care according to study (Aging Options)
- More deficiencies, fewer registered nurses at nursing homes owned by private equity, researchers find (McKnight’s LTC News)
- Trump Administration Relaxes Financial Penalties Against Nursing Homes (Kaiser Health News)
- Trump administration eases penalties against negligent nursing homes (CNN Money)
- Trump administration scales back penalties for nursing homes (MSNBC)
- Trump Administration Eases Nursing Home Fines in Victory for Industry (The New York Times)
- Nursing Homes Violate the Rules a Lot. Trump’s Answer: Get Rid of the Rules (Mother Jones)
- Trump Moves to Impede Consumer Lawsuits Against Nursing Homes (The New York Times)
- Infection lapses are rampant in nursing homes but punishment is rare (Los Angeles Times)