Report finds Kansas’ nursing home inspections faulty

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Officials at the Kansas state agency responsible for inspecting nursing homes say it did not act correctly in response to problems uncovered in a federal government audit.

The Office of Inspector General report estimated that the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services failed in 2014 to verify that 65 percent of the issues found during nursing home inspections had been corrected.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the office also determined that the state agency neglected to conduct inspections every 15 months, as it is required to do. The report said the longest break between inspections was 18 months.

The Office of Inspector General is submitting recommendations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid that would change the way all states handle inspection reports.

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