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State audit nabs 62 nursing homes for improperly administered “wage pass-through (english)
11 Sep 2002
Modified: 17 Sep 2003
Sunbridge, Kindred, and Pointe Group homes top state list of violators. 14 repeat offenders from last year.
State audit nabs 62 nursing homes for improperly administered “wage pass-through” to CNAs

Sunbridge, Kindred, and Pointe Group homes top state list of violators. 14 repeat offenders from last year.

A state audit of 90 nursing homes found that 62 facilities failed to give certified nursing assistants (CNAs) wage increases funded by the Commonwealth. The 62 facilities will be required to return the monies allocated for the direct care givers along with a 50 percent penalty.

The audit results were in a recent report to the legislature by the state’s Division of Health Care Finance and Policy (DHCFP). The Division's report projects that the state will recoup $1.7 million.

An SEIU analysis of the report's data revealed that fourteen of the out of compliance nursing homes were repeat violators. Two of the state's largest nursing home chains were also major violators. Seven out of 33 Kindred Healthcare-owned homes were out of compliance, owing the state $188,794. Nine out of 21 Sunbridge-owned homes were out of compliance, owing the state $80,235. A copy of the SEIU analysis is attached.

“This audit reveals an outrageous abuse of public funds, particularly by several large for-profit chains,” said SEIU Local 285 President Celia Wcislo. “Every year the nursing home industry comes crying to the state for money to improve CNAs wages, but far too many homes are pocketing the money for themselves. When hard working CNAs are shortchanged -- the residents suffer too.”

“This industry does not deserve another penny until the public can be assured that its money is going for more staffing and to improve wages and benefits for direct caregivers,” Wcislo added.

The legislature appropriated $40 million for a CNA wage pass-through for the calendar year 2001 in response to the nursing home industry’s repeated pleas for help in addressing the shortage of qualified CNAs.

SEIU has been working to educate CNAs about their rights and the proper administration of the wage pass-through. A report last year showed that most nursing homes simply substituted the wage pass-through for raises that would have been given anyway. Nursing home union members won new regulations this year requiring that any wage pass-through to CNA's be "over and above" raises negotiated in their union contracts.

The DHCFP report is available online at: www.state.ma.us/dhcfp.
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work load and responsibilities (english)
17 Sep 2003
we are constantly being under staffed and forced to be responcible for the complete ADL care of ten, twelve and at times fourteen residents month after month but as soon as the state is due in there are more CNA's and we are back to what only seems like the right amount 6 to 7 residents.

is there a resident to CNA ratio?