When nursing homes fail to provide adequate care, they can face fines and penalties from agencies that oversee their businesses. They can also face elder abuse and neglect lawsuits from the patients and their families for failure to provide appropriate care. In some places, U.S. attorneys are creating task forces to investigate claims of grossly substandard care.
One such attorney has created a task force in Kansas. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced on March 28 that he is creating a team called the Elder Justice Task Force. It will join nine other such task forces across the country. The aim of the task force will be to target nursing homes that provide “grossly substandard” care to residents.
Grissom stated that there is already one investigation open and the team does not intend to waste any time.
Currently, the task force includes members from various agencies. Included in the task force is the Department of Justice Civil Fraud Section, Health and Human Services – Office of the Inspector General, and the Kansas Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Eventually, Grissom plans to invite more state agencies to the task force. These agencies include those that work with long-term care and public health and aging.
Similar task forces are being launched nationwide. Some of the states and regions launching these tasks forces include the Northern District of California, the Northern District of Georgia, the Western District of Kentucky, the Northern District of Iowa, and several others.
The aim of the task forces is to identify the nursing homes that are providing substandard care. Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart F. Delery stated: “All too often we have found owners or operators who put their own economic gain before the need of their residents.”
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