To follow up on this blog's previous post, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, recently confirmed that the new Administration is taking a more laissez-faire approach to enforcing federal nursing home regulations, at least when it comes to violations that the Administration considers minor or isolated.
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers or helps administer two major federally funded health programs, recently declared a grace period on certain new rules, which would have applied to many Kentucky nursing homes. The previous Administration pushed forward these new rules in an effort to improve nursing home safety.
A previous post on this blog talked about what warning signs a family can look for to determine whether a loved one in a nursing home or other facility for long-term care is getting abused or neglected. The important thing Louisville residents and families throughout Kentucky need to remember, though, is that just because they want to be on the lookout for nursing home negligence, it does not mean they are the ones who are responsible for preventing it.
Putting an aging or disabled family member in to a nursing home or other care facility can be a very difficult decision for a Louisville, Kentucky, family to make. When doing this, most families work really hard to properly evaluate the nursing home before putting their loved one in the home's care, as they would hate to think that the nursing home would breach the trust the family places in them and mistreat its patient.