Hundreds of nursing homes close, but quality remains a concern.
In 1966, the Joint Commission on Health Care Organizations (JCAHO), an organization long known for accrediting hospitals, created their first accreditation program for nursing homes.
The Moss Committee was back in business. They held 30 hearings from 1969 to 1970 on nursing home issues, and accumulated thousands of pages of testimony.
As standards were increased and Medicare funding was cut, older homes continued to close. A report by the National Center for Health Statistics determined that 1,445 facilities closed just between 1969 and 1971.