Once Again GAO Finds Nursing Home Enforcement Weak and Ineffective

On April 23, 2007, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a highly critical report on the federal nursing home enforcement system: Nursing Homes—Efforts to Strengthen Federal Enforcement Have Not Deterred Some Homes from Repeatedly Harming Residents (GAO-07-241).

State Auditor Cites DHS for Lax Nursing Home Oversight

State Auditor Cites DHS for Lax Nursing Home OversightOn Thursday, April 12, the California State Auditor released an important report: Department of Health Services: Its Licensing and Certification Division Is Struggling to Meet State and Federal Oversight Requirements for Skilled Nursing Facilities.The Joint Legislative Audit Committee sought the audit in March 2006 in response to a request from Senators Alquist, Ortiz and Cox.

SNF Eviction Protections 

… that nursing homes have to meet special requirements when they are closing or changing how they operate? If 10 or more residents are likely to be transferred, the facility must:

  • Submit a proposed relocation plan to Department of Health Services (DHS) at least 15 days before transfer notices are given.