SPECIAL REPORT: Quality of care differs in Naples for-profit vs. nonprofit nursing homes

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WASHINGTON _ How good the care is at Naples-area nursing homes may come down to who owns them, according to a study of state inspection records conducted by the Daily News and Scripps Howard News Service.

Nursing homes owned by for-profit companies received significantly lower rankings by state inspectors than did homes owned by nonprofit groups or local governments.

There are 28 nursing homes in and around Naples that were inspected by state health officials and tracked by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Eighteen of these, or 64 percent, are privately owned, for-profit homes. That tracks closely with the national average for private ownership of nursing homes, which is 68 percent.

For-profit companies nationwide tend to operate their homes with smaller staffs, and that was the case in Naples.

The average was less than 1.5 hours of staff time by a certified nursing home worker per resident per day at for-profit homes. But the average was more than 1.6 hours for the nine homes operated by nonprofit groups and 1.7 hours for the lone government-run home.

The overall average for Naples-area homes was 1.5 hours, the same as the national average.

The overall average rating for Naples-area nursing homes was 2.5 stars on the federal government’s five-star rating system, according to the Daily News’ study. But the average ranking was less than 2.2 stars for homes operated by for-profit companies, 3.2 stars for the nine nonprofit homes and 3 stars at the government-owned home..

There were 2,675 people who died in Naples-area nursing homes in 2005 and 2006, according to the Daily News study of death records maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of these, 42 people died of accidents, skin infections or other potentially avoidable causes. That’s a rate of 1.6 deaths per 100, which is well below the national average of nearly 4 such deaths per 100.


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ed34145 writes:

"Nursing homes owned by for-profit companies received significantly lower rankings by state inspectors than did homes owned by nonprofit groups or local governments."

But yet so many are insistent on trusting our healthcare to for profit groups.......when will you ever learn?

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