According to statistics and public government reports regarding Minnesota nursing homes, facilities within the state are not rated among the worst in the country; but they are also not among the best. There are concerns about some of the homes meeting staffing requirements that cause neglect, which can lead to residents suffering from dehydration, malnutrition, medication mistakes, and administering unnecessary medication. Neglect in Minnesota nursing homes is indicated by the number of complaints received from residents and family members about the care that is provided. The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult one. The guilt that comes with discovering your loved one was abused or neglected may be avoided if you take the time needed to investigate all options thoroughly.
According to nursinghomereportcards.com, nursing homes in Minnesota have a “high percentage of verified ombudsman complaints, indicating widespread concerns from residents about their quality of care”.
Minnesota nursing homes received 7,274 safety violation citations and deficiency reports for breaking state or federal laws in 2014.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of abuse, mistreatment, or neglect in a Minnesota nursing home you should consult with an experienced legal team. An attorney with experience handling lawsuits for nursing home abuse compensation can review the details of your case and help you move forward. If appropriate they can help you file a lawsuit to hold the abusers accountable for their actions.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
CMS has a five star rating system for nursing homes based on a number of factors including:
- How they rate in home inspections.
- The quality of the nursing staff.
- How much time the nursing staff spends with each patient.
- Quality exhibited when 11 criteria are examined concerning how they meet physical and medical needs of their patients.
Each state is given a star rating from CMS between one and five. In 2015, Minnesota had 377 certified nursing homes which were given a 3.5 star overall rating and ranked 15th nationally. Even with the star ranking placing them in the middle range, 44 homes received only one to three stars.
Families for Better Care: Ratings
Families for Better Care (FBC), a non-profit citizen advocacy groups, compiles information and reports from CMS and gives each state a grade based on the cumulative errors found at all nursing homes. It then compares the performance to 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 the year 2014, the most recent year for which FBC has provided grades, Minnesota received an overall “B” grade and was ranked by FBC as 19th out of 50 states for resident care quality.
Specific Problems in Minnesota Nursing Homes Found by CMS and FBC
CMS conducts annual inspections of nursing homes and compiles reports based on the most recent cumulative three-year total of problems identified. A report issued March 2016 provides a total of violations that occurred during the previous three years. Specific problems with Minnesota nursing homes includes:
- Out of 378 nursing homes in Minnesota, a total of 7,274 deficiencies were issued. A deficiency means a state or federal law was violated.
- Of all the deficiencies, 38 were considered serious. This means a resident was in “immediate jeopardy” of being injured or dying as a result of abuse or negligence.
- There were 54 instances where fines were imposed.
- In 15 cases, CMS withheld payment from a home because the deficiency had not been corrected.
- Of all complaints to an ombudsman, approximately 82% were considered valid.
Who is in Charge of Regulating and Licensing Minnesota Nursing Homes?
The Minnesota Department of Health licenses and monitors nursing homes. Licenses must be renewed every year. There are numerous laws with which each nursing home must comply in order to be licensed and to have the license renewed.
The Minnesota Office on Aging has an Ombudsman in charge of investigating nursing home complaints and resolving conflicts. The Ombudsman also provides information about nursing homes to anyone who requests it.
Help Filing a Lawsuit for Nursing Home Abuse in Minnesota
If you or a loved one has suffered abuse, neglect, or died while in the care of a nursing home, we can help you hold the responsible parties accountable. Our Minnesota nursing home abuse lawyers have over three decades of experience advocating for victims injured and mistreated at nursing homes and other long term care facilities. Call Baron & Budd today and we will schedule a free case review to discuss your possible lawsuit claim.
Minnesota Nursing Homes on the SFF Government Watch List
Lakeside Medical Center
129 East 6th Avenue
Pine City, MN 55603
Good Samaritan Society – Warren
410 South Mckinley Street
Warren, MN 56762