A new federal report shows that Illinois has the nation’s second-highest number of nursing homes that have been flagged as having poor quality. Forty-seven Illinois nursing homes are among facilities that perform “most poorly” on quality-of-care measures, according a study released by the General Accounting Office. The report rated homes on staffing levels, procedures to prevent bed sores, measures to prevent elderly abuse and neglect and other factors. The study recommends vastly expanding a federal program that closely monitors U.S. nursing homes with the worst quality ratings. The report also highlights shortcomings in the way that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are administered. Homes in Illinois, whose nursing homes perform worse than others, should have closer inspections. The Health Care Council of Illinois stated that they have not had the chance to review the report. Homes rated as poorly performing tend to be larger, for profit agencies and have an average of nearly 24% fewer registered nurses relative to the number of patients. Illinois has recently created a task force to combat allegations of nursing home abuse that occurs at the hands of mentally ill patients. To read more about the nursing home study, please click the link.