How Nursing Homes’ Worst Offenses Are Hidden From the Public

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The system regulating the quality of care in nursing homes in the United States is woefully inadequate, and federal and state inspectors are not doing enough to correct the problem.

“The Times this year has documented a series of problems with Medicare’s ratings system. Much of the data that powers the system is wrong and often makes nursing homes seem cleaner and safer than they are. The rating system also obscures how many residents are receiving powerful antipsychotic drugs.”