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State surveys and nursing homes

All nursing homes that participate in Medicare and Medicaid are required by federal law to undergo an annual survey.

The purpose of this survey is to determine wether the quality of care needed by the resident and required by law is being provided by the nursing home.

Each year a survey team looks at medical records,dietary,housekeeping,staff to resident ratio,and also observe how the residents are being cared for by the nursing staff.The survey team will also inspect any allegations of abuse and neglect.

If there are any deficiencies found,the nursing home must submit a plan of corrections and has a period of time to make those corrections.Depending on the severity of the deficiency,the nursing home can face fines,removal of residents,revocation of Medicaid and medicare certifications and possibly lose their license.

The following is a link that lists the State Survey Agencies and will provide you with the contact information for your state.


Knowing the survey results can be a valuable resource when choosing a good, quatity nursing home for your loved one.


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