Nursing Home Conditions in Texas: Many Homes Fail to Meet Federal Standards for Adequate Care (part one)

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The Special Investigations Division of the House Committee on Government Reform investigated the conditions of nursing homes in the state of Texas to determine if they complyied with federal law. They found that over 80% of Texas nursing homes violated federal health and safety standards and more than 50% had violations that caused actual harm to residents or placed them at risk of death or serious injury. These deficiencies may have been caused by the low rate of state Medicaid reimbursements in Texas and the low level of staffing in nursing homes. Furthermore, they found that over 90% of nursing homes in Texas did not meet minimum staffing levels identified by the US Department of Health and Human Services. This is part one of a two part investigation.
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