Task Forces Crack Down on Nursing Home Abuse

Federal officials announced last week that 10 new regional task forces have been formed to investigate nursing home neglect and abuse across the country. The task forces will combine the efforts of state, local and federal authorities and agencies in California, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Iowa, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington.

The combined efforts come in the aftermath of a Health and Human Services report that concluded that approximately one in three residents in American nursing homes have experienced harmful events during a stay in the last five years. Benjamin Mizer, a principal deputy assistant attorney general, pointed to the 2014 case involving Extendicare Health Care Services. That company ended up paying $38 million to settle an action under the False Claims Act alleging, among other things, that the company had failed to provide enough care to patients and didn’t follow protocols to prevent bedsores and falls.  The company admitted no wrongdoing but entered into a five-year agreement that it would use an independent quality monitor to oversee the quality of the care it provides.

Nursing Home Abuse is a serious problem that often goes unaddressed. If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse contact us for a free consultation.

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