Government nursing home database flags 5% of facilities for abuse or neglect
New Jersey, Morristown, nursing home residents. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
A government nursing home database has begun flagging those recently cited for abuse or neglect, the Wall Street Journal reports.
By the numbers: Of the 15,262 facilities in the database, 760 — or about 5% — have been flagged with a red icon.
- The marks are updated monthly, and go away after the facility goes a year without an abuse citation.
What they're saying: Nursing home industry executives said the marks were misleading and could damage facilities' reputations, while consumer advocates pointed out that many cases of abuse go undiscovered or unreported.