The Coalition for Quality Care is an umbrella organization of Long-term Care Citizen Advocacy Groups (CAGs) working together to strengthen our individual groups throughout the nation, to share information among them, to enable those groups to work across state lines, to coordinate efforts, and to speak and take action on both state and national levels with one voice.
CQC Issues Press Release:
ADVOCACY GROUPS CALL FOR TOUGHER ENFORCEMENT AFTER NEW REPORT SHOWS “CHRONIC” NURSING HOME VIOLATORS
The Coalition for Quality Care (CQC) called for tougher nursing home enforcement today after a new analysis of federal dataindicated that 44% of US nursing homes were permitted to continue to take in new residents – and receive public funds – despite having repeat violations of the same quality of care standards three years in a row. CQC is a national coalition of state and regional organizations, each of which is dedicated to improving long term care.
CQC, in collaboration with Coalition member Voices for Quality Care, conducted this analysis – which we believe is the first of its kind – using federal inspection records collected by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). “Unfortunately, this analysis confirms our collective experiences with nursing homes across the country,” said Richard Mollot, president of CQC, “Far too many people live in facilities where abuse and neglect continue year after year, with little or no effective intervention by regulators.”
While federal and state databases currently offer residents and families a snapshot of nursing home information—such as staffing hours, inspection scores, and quality measures—this analysis aggregates historical inspection data to identify those nursing homes that habitually violate the same minimum federal standards year after year.
“We hope that state leaders, regulators and attorneys general, as well as CMS, will use these data to identify and address persistent failures to protect nursing home residents, said Mollot. “Problems should not be allowed to persist and fester. The fact that so many nursing homes have the same quality of care deficiencies year after year should be a wake-up call to everyone concerned about the safety of nursing home residents, no matter the use of public funds on services that are worthless or harmful.”
For more information, including the data analyses for each state (listing nursing homes with three-year repeat deficiencies), visit http://coalitionqualitycare.org
CQC’s major areas of focus include:
Bringing Long-Term Care Citizen Advocacy Groups together to advocate for responsible public policies and practices that improve the quality of care and the quality of life for individuals needing long-term care services both nationally and in all states.
Promoting and supporting Citizen Advocacy Groups
Developing new Citizen Advocacy Groups in states that do not currently have them.
Encouraging high, universal standards relating to services, staffing, individual rights, choices of care, location of care, and other important aspects of long-term care;
Ensuring strong enforcement and oversight systems on federal and state levels to protect people receiving long-term care services and to assure quality in the delivery of those services