Reading Nursing Home Passes First State Inspection

Alex Newman

READING, MA – Bear Mountain at Reading scored a perfect 28 out of 28 in the first round of adherence checks by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The facility was labeled as being "in adherence" because it also met all six core competency points.

Twelve nursing homes failed to meet the 20-point threshold for compliance. There were 119 others that hit the 20-point threshold but failed in one of the six core standards, meaning they were also found to be in noncompliance. These facilities will receive targeted infection control training and be re-audited by May 29.

The remaining 228 nursing homes, including Bear Mountain, scored 20 points or higher and met the six core standards.

The inspections were the first in the COVID-19 Nursing Facility Accountability and Support Program announced by Gov. Charlie Baker on April 27. The audits, which are funded by $130 million the Baker administration allocated to slow the spread of the coronavirus in nursing homes, will be conducted every two weeks.

The state didn't release a breakdown of scores for individual nursing homes showing where they failed to comply with the standards laid out in the program's compliance checklist.

Long-term care facilities account for 61 percent coronavirus-related deaths in Massachusetts. Of the states 88,970 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Wednesday, 18,801 were either patients or workers in long-term care facilities.

Read the complete nursing home inspection report.

This article originally appeared on the Reading Patch