Information will be offered despite bill that stalled in Senate
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Friday, July 14, 2006
Consumers could find out online which North Carolina nursing homes and assisted-living homes have been hit with serious violations and fines.
The state Department of Health and Human Services said it will post the information about nursing homes and adult-care homes – including cases in which a resident has died or been put in danger of serious injury – on the Internet starting this fall, no matter whether the legislature passes a new law requiring Internet access.
"This is something we can do. Whether this bill passes or not, it’s in the plan for us to do it," said Jim Jones a DHHS spokesman.
Reports of violations are public records but can be time-consuming to track down.
"Consumers have a right to know," said Sabrena Lea of the Piedmont Triad Area Agency on Aging.
"When an individual has to place a loved one in a long-term-care facility, there usually isn’t time to make a phone call and wait for a report," Lea said.
People who want information about violations now have to go in person to county social-services departments or to the Division of Facility Services to sift through records. (more…)