NPR Reports on Death of San Francisco Nursing Home Resident

January 17, 2017
November 2016

On November 27, 2016, NPR Weekend Edition Sunday reported that hospitalized patients unknowingly end up in substandard nursing homes where they suffer bed sores, infections and other types of neglect because hospitals usually fail to warn them about dangerous nursing homes or guide them to better ones. The report, Rule Change Could Push Hospitals to Tell Patients About Nursing Home Quality, told the story of Elizabeth Fee, an 88-year-old woman who died in January 2012 about two weeks after the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco discharged her to its own skilled nursing facility unit, which reportedly had a one star rating by CMS at the time. Mrs. Fee’s death due to an undiagnosed bowel obstruction was the subject of a CANHR Nursing Home Violation of the Month in September 2013 because of the nightmarish conditions surrounding her death. NPR reports that a proposed Obama administration rule that would require hospitals to tell patients about the quality of nursing homes they are considering is in jeopardy.

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