A recent audit conducted by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office confirms what we often see in cases that we handle at the Jehl Law Group: in many cases the State of Tennessee is failing to hold nursing homes accountable for abusing or neglecting seniors. The audit examines the activities of the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities, which is responsible for licensing, inspecting, and surveying nursing homes in the State of Tennessee. The audit relied on a random sample of 25 facilities that included, 17 nursing homes, 3 hospitals, 3 assisted-care living facilities, 1 home health agency, and 1 residential home for the aged.
Federal and state regulations require investigations into complaints received by the Office of Health Care Facilities. When complaints come into that office, they are categorized by how urgent or serious the complaint is. The audit examined the two most serious types of complaints:
- Immediate Jeopardy (IJ)- Meaning that a nursing home’s actions or failure to comply with federal regulations has caused or is likely to cause serious injury, harm, impairment or death to a resident, and