Study: Ohio's Nursing Homes Among Nation's Worst for Care
New data on Ohio's nursing homes, among the poorest in quality of care in the nation, has Gov. John Kasich's administration pushing its proposal to change the state's funding formula. The spread sheet on quality of care, staffing and cost, released Thursday, show smaller facilities tend to perform better than larger ones and not-for-profit facilities earn high marks more often than for-profit homes do. It's one of the reasons why Kasich has a budget amendment that would change Ohio's guaranteed payment program and reward facilities financially for their quality of care.
It's not the only study of late to point out where Ohio's nursing homes are failing. Earlier this week, a study by the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University of Ohio found the quality of Ohio's nursing homes is below the national average on all ten national quality indicators, including falls, depression, use of restraints and use of anti psychotic drugs. Miami University's Robert Applebaum co-authored that report, and talks with ideastream's Amy Eddings about what may be behind the poor rankings.