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Nursing home plan would cut inspections Federal officials want focus on worst problems

THE BALTIMORE SUN

WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration is proposing to scale back inspections of many nursing homes that care for elderly people under Medicaid and Medicare.

The Department of Health and Human Services outlined the proposed changes in documents sent recently to federal and state health officials.

Government data show that more than two-thirds of nursing homes are not fully complying with federal standards.

Federal officials said the proposed changes would allow them to concentrate on homes with serious problems.

The changes would narrow the scope of reviews at many nursing homes and reduce the number of residents who must be interviewed.

They would also reduce the number of medical records and other documents examined.

State officials and consumer groups denounced the proposed changes, saying they would reduce the protection of residents.

Pub Date: 12/17/96

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