A Year After Hurricane Irma, Nursing Homes Ill-Prepared for Disaster

Despite enhanced guidance from CMS, nursing homes hit by disaster often struggle to execute emergency plans and protect residents, according to testimony (PDF) from the HHS Office of Inspector General to lawmakers last week.

Addressing the Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight subcommittee, OIG’s Regional Inspector General Ruth Ann Dorrill said officials went in and looked at deficiencies in nursing homes following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and found 94% were in compliance.

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