Los Angeles County Office of Inspector General Issues Final Report on Skilled Nursing Facility Oversight and Accountability

On October 12, the Los Angeles County Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a voluminous final report – Improving Oversight and Accountability Within Skilled Nursing Facilities – of a more than year-long investigation triggered by the devastating death toll in LA County nursing homes during the pandemic and the horrific history of neglect in these facilities that goes back decades.

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Governor Newsom Signs Five of Six Nursing Home PROTECT Plan Reform Bills

Berkeley, CA – This week Governor Newsom signed into law five out of six reform bills that respond to the tragic conditions nursing home residents face in California and the growing public awareness during the pandemic that residents are often being neglected, abused, mistreated and exploited.

Nursing Home Oversight, or Lack Thereof, Called Out by Legislature

On October 5, the Assembly Health Committee held an informational hearing on nursing home oversight.  Several critical topics for nursing home residents were explored, from ownership and California’s zombie licensing system to the Department of Public Health’s (DPH) weak enforcement and oversight.  Long story short, DPH is not doing its job and its failures contribute to resident harm and misery.

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October 2021

In this Issue

California Legislature to Take Up Nursing Home Oversight on October 5

On Tuesday, October 5 at 1:30 PM, the California Assembly Health Committee is holding an informational hearing on state oversight of nursing homes.

My father’s statement from Medi-Cal says his share of cost is more than he makes each month. How can that be possible?

Dear Advocate: My father lives in a nursing home and recently became eligible for MediCal. We received the statement from Medi-Cal and it says his share of cost is more than he makes each month.