The lawsuit filed last year by California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform received a long-awaited and well-deserved order from a San Francisco judge. The judge has ruled that the state health department must investigate nursing home complaints faster. The judge has given California Department of Health Services four months to close hundreds of old cases and open investigations into at least 80 percent of all new complaints.
Nationwide, state oversight committees are not responding promptly to nursing home abuse complaints. Hopefully, other judges and judicial advocates will follow the lead set by this case.