Tag Archive: Regulatory enforcement

Elder Justice Act

A nursing home abuse bill, the Elder Justice Act, has been under consideration in Congress but has yet to be passed. Although nursing home and elder abuse are serious and growing problems, the nursing home abuse bill has never even been voted on. While no one in Congress opposes the nursing home abuse legislation, few are

Nursing home staffing an issue in KY Governor debate

Staffing became an issue in the recent Kentucky Governor’s race.  Democrat Steve Beshear said that Kentucky needs to consider requiring minimum staffing levels at nursing homes, but Gov. Ernie Fletcher said the corporate owners should be allowed to determine how many nurses they hire. Last night, Beshear said Fletcher’s administration has failed to protect seniors, citing

Legislators probe insurance companies

The New York Times recently had an interesting article regarding Congressional leaders questioning the policy and practice of the insurance industry in long term care settings.  The top-ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee has asked 11 long-term care insurance companies to explain “troubling data” regarding how policyholders’ claims are handled and paid. Senator Charles

Barack Obama’s statement about NY Times article

U.S. Senator Barack Obama today released a statement on the report in the New York Times on nursing homes. “The news that some private equity firms have been boosting profits at the nursing homes they own by cutting essential staff and compromising the quality of care for our seniors is unconscionable and unacceptable. America’s workers

How to file a complaint against a nursing home in SC

Below is from the SC DHEC website. DHEC is the state agency that has the responsibility to oversee and supervise nursing homes in SC.  Typically, they do nothing. Do you have a complaint to file? We ask that you carefully read the following information before filing a complaint. If you have supporting documents, please submit

Federal oversight of nursing homes is lacking

At a hearing this month concerning the state of the nursing home industry 20 years after the landmark Nursing Home Reform Act (better known as OBRA ‘87), Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Herb Kohl (D-WI) addressed the deficiencies of a system that has allowed some poorly performing nursing homes to escape penalties. Testimony by the


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