All Nursing Homes must be licensed by the state in which they operate. In order for homes to participate in the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs they must be certified. This requires them to comply with rigid standards enforced by regular facility inspections and extensive evaluations.
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State Survey Inspections:
Inspections are unannounced
Inspections are conducted by official state inspectors
Inspectors are health care professionals such as RNs and licensed social workers
A copy of each inspection report is sent to the nursing home after it is completed
If standards are not met, the nursing home must submit a plan of correction to the state
In some cases, a follow-up survey is made to verify deficiencies were corrected
Each state inspects Medicare/Medicaid certified nursing homes approximately every 1-2 years to assess compliance with federal standards of care such as adequacy of staffing, quality of care and cleanliness of facilities.
The results of these inspections are technical in nature, therefore they are sometimes difficult for consumers to interpret.
In an effort to make inspection results more available and understandable, we have designed an efficient tool for locating homes and evaluating their performance called Nursing Home InspectorTM.
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