Nursing home records expose problems in Texas

Whether you cover the health beat or have relatives in care facilities, you can tap into nursing home inspection data to find problems in  your own community. Check out a great investigative report by the San Antonio Express-News on Feb. 14 that found 2,200 claims of abuse and lack of care by  55 licensed nursing homes in the city between 2006 and 2009. The newspaper linked to a nice look-up function where people can find inspections on any nursing home in the nation. Furthermore, if  you want to snag the records yourself, go to the Medicare online data download center. Choose “Nursing Home Compare” and save as an Access file if you have Microsoft Access. Check out the file on inspections (SRVY_DFCNCY).

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