Professor Nina Kohn Helps Newsday Assess Nursing Home Inspection Records
Newsday gets LI nursing home records that highlight conflicting views on enforcement
(Newsday | Sept. 7, 2021) New York's strategy for treating nursing home patients during the early months of COVID-19 is among the most debated public health issues to emerge from the pandemic.
State Health Department inspection records obtained by Newsday show that few Long Island nursing homes were found deficient or had substantiated complaints against them. The data is a point of conflict between the elder care industry and patient advocates.
During the first months of the pandemic in 2020, state inspectors found that only 16% of Long Island's 79 largely private nursing homes had deficiencies that jeopardized public health and violated public health guidelines, according to the inspection reports.
... But Professor Nina Kohn said state inspectors "do not always identify quality of care problems that exist in facilities" ...