HARRISBURG (July 26, 2016) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that his audit of the Department of Health’s (DOH) oversight of nursing homes has already led to changes that should improve the quality of care residents receive.
“The quality of care provided to 80,000 Pennsylvanians who live in nursing homes is directly related to adequate staffing,” DePasquale said in announcing the 91-page audit, which has 13 findings — more than any special performance audit since he took office — and 23 recommendations. “The Department of Health has work to do in making sure these facilities are appropriately staffed.
“Assuring adequate nursing staff are on duty at all times, investigating all complaints — including those submitted anonymously — in a timely manner and imposing monetary sanctions when necessary are three key functions of DOH’s oversight of nursing homes,” DePasquale continued. “Implementing this audit’s recommendations will be crucial to improving the care that residents receive.”
DePasquale commended DOH for taking a proactive stance to improve its operations.