Part 3: California falls short in disclosing nursing-home ownership

NURSING HOMES PART 3

BY MARJIE LUNDSTROM AND PHILLIP REESE

11/10/2014 10:00 AM
11/12/2014 1:15 PM

Last of three parts.

Ten years ago, Pat McGinnis took the state of California to court.

As head of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, McGinnis was peeved that state officials failed to follow the law and collect complete and accurate nursing-home ownership information. What the state did collect, her group charged, was “often outdated and so poorly organized” it was virtually inaccessible to the public.

The advocacy group won its lawsuit, but the fight was not remotely over.

Today, McGinnis’ group is back in court with a new complaint about how the Department of Public Health is overseeing the complex, multilayered nursing-home industry in California. And she is spitting mad over what she calls the department’s “contempt” in keeping its promises to ferret out and fully disclose the identities of California’s nursing-home owners. Read full article