Nevada is known for its glamour and famous city of Las Vegas; but the state of Nevada has a serious problem with its nursing home facilities that is anything but glamorous. An editorial published in 2013 by NewsReview.com had the headline, in reference to Nevada’s nursing homes, “We are No. 1 in Horrible Indicators.” Although some improvements have been made since that year, Nevada homes are still mediocre at best according to data. If your loved one suffered any injury or neglect, or died while in a Nevada nursing home, consult with a nursing home abuse attorney to see if you have a valid lawsuit claim.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): Star Ratings
CMS has a star rating system for nursing homes based on a number of factors. Some of the factors include:
- How the homes rate in inspections.
- The quality of the nursing staff.
- How much time the nursing staff spends with each patient.
- Quality exhibited when 11 criteria concerning how the homes meet the clinical and physical needs of their patients.
In 2015, Nevada received 3.3 stars and ranked 29. Although 28% received 5 stars, 53% received stars ranging from 1 to 3.
Families for Better Care: Grades and Ranks
A non-profit citizen advocacy group, Families for Better Care (FBC), considers reports by CMS and gives each state a grade based on the cumulative errors found at all nursing homes. It then compares a state’s overall performance with that of nursing homes in other states. It gives each state an overall grade between “A” and “F” and ranks the homes in relationship to how they perform in comparison to other states.
For 2014, the most recent year for which FBC has given grades, Nevada received an overall grade of “C” and ranked 26th. This was a vast improvement over its 2013 grade of “F” and rank of 43. Even so, the homes still received an “F” in the number of direct staffing hours per resident and number of deficiencies issued.
Specific Problems in Nevada Nursing Homes Found by CMS
CMS inspects each home every year and reports on its deficiencies. A chart is compiled including deficiencies found in the last three inspections. An updated report published in March 2016 compiling statistics for the previous three years noted the following major problems with Nevada nursing homes:
- Out of 54 homes, there were a total of 1,727 deficiencies. A deficiency represents a violation of state or federal law.
- Of all deficiencies, five were serious. A serious deficiency is one where a resident was placed in immediate danger of injury or death due to neglect or abuse.
- Fines were imposed 19 times. A fine is imposed when a deficiency is not corrected within the time allotted.
- Payment was suspended in 7 cases, which means the deficiency was not corrected so CMS refused to pay.
Who is in Charge of Regulating and Licensing Nevada Homes
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance is in charge of licensing and certification of Nevada nursing homes. The DHHS Aging and Disability Services Division has an Ombudsman program that investigates complaints by residents and their families. The FBC reported that in 2014, only 40% of complaints were verified.
Where Can I Get Help with a Nursing Home Abuse Case?
If your loved one or friend has suffered negligence, physical or emotional abuse, or elder abuse at the hands of a care facility; we urge you to contact Baron & Budd today. Our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys will discuss the details of your potential case during a free consultation. We handle cases for injuries and wrongful death involving memory care for alzheimer’s and dementia patients, convalescent care, special needs care homes, assisted living facilities, hospice care, and homes for elderly care. Contact us to see if you have a valid lawsuit claim. If so, an elder abuse attorney from our office will guide you through the next steps.
Nevada Nursing Homes on the SFF List
Highland Manor of Fallon
550 North Sherman Street
Fallon, NV 89406
Lake Mead Health and Rehabilitation
1180 E Lake Mead Drive
Henderson, NV 89015