California nursing home inspections backlog decreasing

A recent article blames staffing shortages for the backlog of inspections and failure by California state officials to investigate their nursing home complaints. This problem became so severe that the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform along with the daughters of two nursing home abuse and neglect victims successfully sued the state in an effort to force reform. To meet the mandate, Gov. Schwarzenegger committed $20 million to hire 141 new nursing home surveyors. To date, 99 percent of the backlog has been cleared.

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