Results of state nursing home investigation expected soon

Margarita Cambest

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is very close to releasing the results of an investigation into Pennsylvania’s more than 700 nursing homes.

According to a news release, DOH Secretary Karen Murphy will release the recommendations of the department’s Nursing Home Quality Improvement Task Force to reporters Tuesday morning. Also on the agenda is the release of a plan to make “the most significant changes to the nursing home system in more than 15 years.”

As part of its regulatory and licensing responsibilities, the DOH inspects 704 nursing homes with 88,070 beds across the state annually.

The department formed a task force of state and medical representatives in 2015 to improve the quality of Pennsylvania’s long-term care facilities, This came in response to former Attorney General Kathleen Kane's lawsuit against 14 facilities operated by the Golden LivingCenters nursing home chain. The suit alleged inadequate care at the facilities and was expanded to another 11 homes later in the year.

According to Jeffrey Johnson, spokesman for the attorney general's office, that case is still in the pre-trial phase of proceedings.

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Murphy will speak at 10 a.m. at the Capitol building. A satellite feed of the press conference will be streamed here.