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Who Regulates Nursing Homes?

               “Who regulates nursing homes?”– Amy, Little Rock, Arkansas

Who Regulates Nursing Homes?In most states, nursing homes are regulated by a combination of state (Department of Health) and federal authorities (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS]).  Each agency has its own regulations that control all aspects of the nursing home including: resident care, staffing, policies and procedures and medical equipment.

Because nursing homes are responsible for complying with state and federal regulations, agents from either agency conduct inspections of the facility to assure compliance with the regulations.  These inspections are called ‘surveys’ and are generally done unannounced at least one time per year. Surveys may be conducted more frequently at facilities with a history of prior violations or in response to a complaint regarding resident care.

After each survey a report is completed regarding the facilities compliance with applicable regulations.  If the findings do not immediately threat patient safety, nursing home administrators will have an opportunity to review the survey findings and propose a ‘plan of correction’.  If however, surveyors find conditions that pose a threat to patient safety, they have the ability to impose a variety of penalties including: fines, appointed facility supervisors, suspension of new resident admissions or license suspension.

For more information on nursing homes in Arkansas look here. For laws related to Arkansas nursing homes, look here.

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  • Lynda

    I have recently seen patients in assisted living facility not being fed or assisted when it is plain to see they cannot do this alone. They just remove their plates. Also I have seen alert and active patients being given medication and now they are zombies. I cant find who to report this to. It is Sterling House, Brushy Creek Rd. in Greenville SC This is a beautiful place but patient care sucks!!!!!

  • Troy Culbertson

    I just left visiting my aunt and found the same thing. She was very active visiting every one. Now they have medicated her and she is now almost comatose. My mother visits her several times a week and when she complains to the staff it appears that it makes things worse. What do we do.

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