Illinois nursing homes are the third worst in the country, the nonprofit group says

Illinois nursing homes are the third worst in the country, the nonprofit group says

Illinois is the third worst in the country for nursing home quality, according to a new report from an advocacy group.

Family for Better Care brought the standard for nursing homes to Illinois the F and ranked 49th country in the country, above North Carolina and Texas rankings only, including Washington, D.C.

However, a nursing home association in Illinois says that the ratings are subjective and do not reflect the quality of many state nursing homes.

“The state of nursing home care in Illinois covers a broad spectrum,” said Matt Hartman, executive director of the Illinois Healthcare Association, which represents approximately 250 trained nursing homes in the state. “There are people who are unsuccessful in making a proper job and those are excellent providers.” T

Illinois' ranking from 44th country in 2014, according to the report, which established its latest ranking of 2017 data from federal and state governments, fell by the number of hours of carers received and the percentage of those who received it. – facilities mentioned for severe deficiency.

“The task is that this is even worse, and the older people deserve better,” said Brian Lee, executive director of The Family for Better Care, who is a non-profit making citizen, who describes himself as a citizen advocacy group. The group was funded by trial lawyers representing patients in nursing practices against nursing homes but who are now funded mainly through private donations, Lee said.

The report stated that the nursing home families in Illinois received an average of approximately 1.6 hours of professional nursing care per day and 2.2 hours of direct care on average, relating to daily needs such as going to hospital. the bathroom, getting out of bed and being turned in bed to avoid sores, Lee says.

Approximately 97 per cent of nursing homes in the state had deficits or federal citations, according to the report, almost 28 per cent had severe deficits.

“You have too many operators looking at the bottom line (rather than) looking at the sustainability of the care and safety of residents,” said Lee.

There are many Illinois nursing homes, however, are protesting from low payments from Medicaid.

Hartman said for his member nursing homes, typically about 75 percent of their residents are on Medicaid, which is a state and federal funded insurance program. Nationwide, Medicaid covered more than 60 percent of nursing home residents, according to the 2017 report of Kaiser Family Foundation. Otherwise, many people would have reached the cost of care: In 2016, the typical annual cost of nursing home care was $ 82,000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Medicaid refunds the state about $ 30 to $ 35 dollars per day per resident than it costs to care for residents, Hartman said.

These low rates of reimbursement, coupled with a general shortage of nurses, can make it difficult for some nursing homes to employ more staff, he said.

“We believe the team is the biggest driver of facilities,” said Hartman.

Nursing homes expect the state's newly adopted budget to provide some relief. The budget includes another $ 240 million for Medicaid funding for nursing homes, including $ 70 million specifically for staff.

It also includes possible financial penalties for houses that do not meet staff requirements. Nursing homes that exceed the requirements of advertisements will also have to explain how much is possible of the doors that are used publicly in their facilities, as main hostels, near registration desks and on their websites.

Illinois law on nursing homes requires 3.8 hours of nursing and personal care per day for residents in need of skilled care, and 2.5 hours per day for residents requiring intermediate care.

A 2018 investigation by Kaiser Health News and the Tribune found that the staffing levels of nurses and assistants in Illinois nursing homes were among the lowest levels in the country.

According to the Family for Better Care report, Hawaii, Delaware and Alaska are the best states for nursing homes. The federal government also classifies individual nursing homes nationwide, giving them overall star ratings based on a number of factors comparing Nursing Home.

lschencker@chicagotribune.com

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