Nursing Home Abuse in Hawaii Facilities Go Unpunished

Hawaii has the lowest number of nursing home abuse sanctions in the country, but this is not necessarily because they have the best care. There is a troubling pattern in Hawaii; regulators rarely punish facilities for deficient care, even if the deficiencies bring direct harm to residents. In 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services only imposed one sanction against a Hawaii facility. In the past six years, CMS only took actions against 4 percent of Hawaii facilities that were cited deficiencies, while the national average is 30 percent. According to Bob Ogawa of the Hawaii Long Term Care Association, "Unless an incident is the … [Read more...]