ERIC Number: ED289123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Health Facilities: New York State's Oversight of Nursing Homes and Hospitals. Report to the Honorable Bill Green, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, New York, NY. Regional Office.
At the request of Congressman William Green, the General Accounting Office (GAO) evaluated the validity of allegations about deficiencies in the New York State Department of Health's nursing home and hospital inspection processes for certification for participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Health Care Financing Administration and state policies, procedures, and practices for investigating complaints, performing inspections, and determining nursing home and hospital compliance with federal standards were evaluated. It had been alleged that: (1) the validity of the nursing home inspection process was compromised because facilities received advance notice of inspections; (2) inspection reports were being weakened by supervisors; (3) the state was not investigating patient complaints in a timely manner; (4) the state was not sharing information on patient complaints with the federal government; (5) the state was lax in instituting enforcement action against facilities with deficiencies; and (6) inspection and enforcement actions were biased in favor of certain facilities. The GAO investigation did not substantiate the allegations. Problems identified in the investigation were discussed with the state and actions have been taken to correct the problems. (NB)
Descriptors: Certification, Evaluation Criteria, Federal State Relationship, Hospitals, Inspection, Nursing Homes, State Action, State Standards
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (1-5 copies, free; 6-99 copies, $2.00 each; 25% discount for 100 or more copies).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, New York, NY. Regional Office.
Identifiers - Location: New York