Long Term Community Care Coalition (LTCCC) just released its list of over 6,000 U.S. nursing homes with what they’ve termed ‘chronic deficiencies.’ LTCCC considers chronic deficiencies any violation of the same Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulatory standard 3 or more times within 3 years. LTCCC used Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ own Nursing Home Compare database to analyze the infractions.
About LTCCC & Rankings
LTCCC is a non-profit advocacy group that describes itself as ‘dedicated to improving quality of care, quality of life and dignity for elderly and disabled people in nursing homes, assisted living and other residential settings.’ Along with the list of facilities with chronic health deficiencies, LTCCC has also included a spreadsheet of CMS’s star ratings for all the nursing homes found to be deficient. CMS uses a 5 star rating system to give those considering nursing homes an easy way to compare the overall quality of one facility vs. another and uses 5 as the highest indicator of quality and 1 as the lowest.
Illinois Facilities Found Chronically Deficient Yet Worthy of 5 Star Rating From CMS
Of the 6,158 facilities found to be chronically deficient, 367 were in the state of Illinois. One facility, Swansea Rehab Health Care in Swansea, Illinois, had 9 chronic health deficiencies, while nearly half of the facilities listed had somewhere between 2-5 deficiencies. This means that these facilities had 3+ violations of anywhere from 1-9 different regulatory health standards in a 3 year period. These are startling statistics considering that the sole purpose of a long term care facility is to protect the health and well-being of our loved ones. LTCCC also included CMS’s star rating of each of the 367 Illinois facilities found guilty of chronically violating health standards. Not surprisingly, Swansea Health Care received a 1 star rating. However, 29 of the 367 facilities found on the chronically deficient list received a 5 star rating from CMS, which proves that even with major health violations on record, a nursing home can still receive funding (and a high-quality rating) from CMS. For example, Covenant Health Care Center in Batavia, IL received a 5 star rating, but was found chronically health deficient in 2 different categories.
If you are considering a nursing home for a loved one or currently have a loved one residing in a nursing home, we still encourage you to use Nursing Home Compare to get a feel for the overall quality of care that a facility provides. We also recommend reviewing LTCCC’s list of facilities in Illinois with chronic deficiencies and weighing that information against the data and ratings found on Nursing Home Compare. As always, listen to your loved ones and trust yourself. If you suspect something is not right with the care of your loved one, ask tough questions and demand answers. The nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys of Levin & Perconti have helped countless families such as yours seek justice for the elderly. If you believe a serious health event due to abuse or neglect has occurred to your loved one while in a nursing home, please contact us to see if we can help.
The LTCCC reports can be found here.