Nursing homes deny seminar designed to deceive

(November 13, 2003) - (Little Rock-AP) -- Nursing home industry officials are denying that a seminar they conducted was intended to teach employees how to deceive state inspectors, as advocates for nursing home residents claim. The seminar was titled "Outwit, Outlast, Outplay - Survive the Survey Process." It was presented yesterday at the Arkansas Health Care Association's fall meeting today. Nursing home operator Jim Cooper of Melbourne says the seminar involved a registered nurse instructing personnel how to do their jobs, particularly how to give proper incontinence care, with inspectors looking over their shoulders. Patient advocates are urging Governor Huckabee to exclude nursing home tort legislation that died during the regular session last spring from a planned December special session on education reform.