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Missouri audit finds nursing home overseers doing worse job than three years prior

The Missouri state auditor concluded that the state’s regulation of nursing homes during 2005 declined despite two prior audits that recommended 32 ways to improve oversight. The latest audit revealed that the state neglected to inspect more than 400 nursing homes that violated state law, including 8 of the worst nursing home offenders that had recurring problems. The auditor placed the blame for the bad report on lack of funding for the health department’s inspection unit. The auditor was disheartened at the report and stresses that nursing home abuse deserves prompt and attentive oversight.

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