Ratings of Arkansas nursing homes have yo-yoed, going from bad to worse and back again over the past decade. Between 2013 and 2014, Arkansas improved its ranking compared to other states so that by the end of 2014, the state had at least improved to a “ho-hum” average. Even so, state inspectors found at least one deficiency at every Arkansas nursing home.
This means that no matter which Arkansas nursing home your loved one is in or chooses to go to, he or she is at risk for suffering harm. Some residents have actually died as a result of neglect, abuse, or unsafe living conditions. If this happened to a loved one of yours, you may want to consult with a nursing home abuse lawyer.
Arkansas Nursing Home Ratings
Families for Better Care, an independent, non-profit company headquartered in Florida, issues an annual Nursing Home Report Card for each state. In 2014, FBC gave Arkansas nursing homes an overall grade of “C” and ranked it No. 25 among all states. Despite this non-failing overall grade, it received an “F” in three categories:
- A whopping 96.54 percent of nursing homes had deficiencies. A deficiency means the nursing home is in violation of state or federal law.
- The deficiencies were considered “severe” in 16.88 percent of cases.
- The homes were seriously understaffed when it came to professional nurses.
- Nursing time per resident was only 1.46 hours per day.
These areas showed no improvement from 2013, all of which received grades of “F” that year too. In fact, the percentage of deficiencies increased between 2013 and 2014.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has its own five-star system for rating nursing homes. CMS considers several criteria, including quality of care, reports of inspectors and nurse-to-patient ratio. On average, CMS gave Arkansas nursing homes 3.4 stars. Although 29 percent of facilities received five stars, nearly 50 percent received three or fewer stars.
Specific Problems Found in Arkansas Nursing Homes
In 2014, nursing homes deficiencies nearly u from what they had in 2013. In 2013, there were 2,300 violations for actual harm that occurred that was so severe it could have resulted in the patient’s death. In 2014, Arkansas nursing homes:
- Received 4,526 deficiencies.
- Paid fines of $2,412,577.00.
- Out of 228 homes, CMS suspended payment to 45 of them due to the seriousness of the deficiencies. CMS resumes payment when the deficiency is corrected..
- Arkansas is among states that have the highest number of deficiencies.
- Allegations by family members that nursing neglect was the reason for the death of their loved one.
One home was cited repeatedly over a three-year period of time for failing to prevent and properly treat bedsores. After only two months at the facility, a patient died from a Stage 4 bedsore.
Who is in Charge of Regulating Arkansas Nursing Homes
In Arkansas, the Office of Long Term Care issues licenses to nursing homes. These licenses are renewed annually following an inspection. The Office is responsible for making sure nursing homes follow both state and federal law.
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St Michael’s Place, Inc
1311 North Pecan St
Newport, AR 72112