Report: La. nursing home rank poorly on quality

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The quality of care at Louisiana's nursing homes is among the worst in the nation, with high rates of bed sores and physical restraints and low levels of nursing staff.

Those details are included in an informational report released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office that looks at state spending on nursing homes through the Medicaid program.

The number of people confined to nursing homes in Louisiana is dropping, but the state still provides more long-term elderly care through the facilities than other states across the nation, according to the report.

Nursing homes are the largest private provider getting payments from the state's Medicaid program. A House budget analysis says they received $892 million this year for the care.

The state health department didn't immediately comment on the report.

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