Wyoming only has 54 licensed nursing homes. Some are good. Some, not so good. As one report notes, “Wyoming nursing home grades reveal that care is either excellent or awful with no in between.” Many complaints have been filed against the homes, almost all of which have been determined to be valid. If you are thinking about placing a loved one in a Wyoming nursing home, you may want to study the statistics and deficiency reports relaying the number of federal and state law violations that were reported in one year alone.
Wyoming nursing homes and elder care facilities were cited for 1,127 violations of state and federal laws in 2014.
If you have a loved one who was injured or died in a Wyoming nursing home, you need to consult with a lawyer for elder abuse and nursing home abuse lawsuits.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): Star Ratings
The CMS uses a five star rating to rate nursing homes based on various factors. Some of those factors include:
- How they perform in home inspections.
- The quality of the nursing staff.
- How much time the nursing staff spends with each patient.
- Quality exhibited when 11 criteria concerning how they meet the clinical and physical needs of their patients are evaluated.
In 2015, Wyoming received 3.1 stars and was ranked by CMS as 39 out of all 50 states with 59% of homes receiving only 1 to 3 stars.
Families for Better Care: Grades and Ranks
Families for Better Care (FBC) is a citizen advocacy group and non-profit agency that grades Wyoming and every other state based on the amount of cumulative errors and mistakes made at nursing homes. Then FBC gives the state a letter grade between “A” and “F”, calculated by comparing the given state’s performance compared with other states.
For 2014, the most recent year for which FBC has given grades, Wyoming received an overall grade of “C” and ranked 29, lower than its 2013 rank of 23. Although it received an “A” in overall staffing time, it received an “F” in ombudsman verified reports, with nearly 100% of all complaints determined to have merit.
Specific Problems in Wyoming Nursing Homes Found by CMS
Every nursing home, memory care facility, and group home is inspected by CMS annually and a report is published comparing findings from the last three inspections on record. An updated report published in March 2016 compiling statistics for the previous three years noted the following major problems with Wyoming nursing homes:
- Out of 38 homes, there were 1,127 deficiencies. A deficiency is when there has been a violation of state or federal law.
- Of the large number of deficiencies, five were considered serious. A serious deficiency is one that had an immediate threat of injury or death to a resident due to neglect or abuse.
- Remarkably, there were no fines. Fines are imposed when a deficiency is not corrected in the time allotted.
- There were five instances where CMS withheld payment. So despite no fines, there were at least five occasions when Nevada homes did not correct a deficiency resulting in CMS withholding payment.
Who is in Charge of Regulating and Disciplining Wyoming Nursing Homes?
The Wyoming Department of Health, Department of Healthcare Licensing and Surveys is in charge of licensing and certification of Wyoming nursing homes. The Wyoming Aging Division has an Ombudsman who receives and investigates complaints filed by patients or their families.
Who Can Help File a Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit?
Call 866-612-0246 to speak with a nursing home abuse lawyer at Baron & Budd today. If our experienced legal team finds that you have a valid claim for nursing home negligence, abuse, or mistreatment we will guide you through all of the necessary steps to get the settlement you deserve.
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