Families’ abilities to hold potentially negligent nursing facilities accountable have been diminished by a recent change in state law that bars records of abuse and neglect from use in the courts, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has found. The Center’s investigation also shows that some long-term care facilities are failing to report deaths and injuries, as required by law.
This project, A Frail System, explores those issues and offers families help in identifying which of the state’s nursing homes have been sued or cited for major problems.
Federal inspection records of Wisconsin nursing homes dated September 2009 through November 2012. This data set focuses on only those deficiencies deemed to put residents in “immediate jeopardy” (known as class J, K, and L violations). Data were compiled by ProPublica, an independent nonprofit investigative news organization, as part of its Nursing Home Inspect app. The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism used ProPublica’s data to create this visualization.