I had to do a double-take when I saw some nursing home staffing statistics referenced in a report released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). An alarming 92% of nursing homes across the country have at least one criminal– in one form or another– working at the facility.
In calculating this disturbing statistic, 260 nursing homes were randomly selected from the almost 16,000 nursing homes that receive Medicare funding. Lists of current employees were then compared with data from FBI criminal records.
The study defined a criminal as an employee with a conviction for an assortment of criminal activities such as: crimes against property (theft), drug-related convictions, motor vehicle theft and crimes against others.