Grassley wants probe into states' handling of care complaints

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Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) has called for a national investigation into the way states handle complaints of poor nursing care. He acted after receiving a serious complaint regarding a nursing/rehab center from a constituent.

The senator said that an investigation into a negligence claim by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals was "wholly inadequate." Sandra Bickley, the daughter of a nursing home resident, complained because she believed her mother was poorly treated in a nursing home in Waterloo, and the department found no problems with the care. 

Grassley is asking the Government Accountability Office to look at all state agencies like the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and how they respond to nursing home related complaints. He also is asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to give him four years of reports dealing with state inspections.