Q: The federal government has sued Florida for having too many children in nursing homes. Does the claim have merit?
The federal government has sued the state of Florida, alleging that hundreds of disabled children are unnecessarily living in nursing homes in the state, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday. The nursing home sector has been involved in efforts to ensure children receive "appropriate care in the safest and least restrictive settings," said Florida Health Care Association Executive Director J. Emmett Reed.
Techniques such as screening for sepsis and a standardized discharge form have helped to lower the rate of rehospitalized nursing home patients in Florida.