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Federal Task Forces Formed to Crack Down on Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse is a nationwide problem, with injuries and fatalities occurring on a disturbingly regular basis. However, task forces are being formed across the United States in order to crack down on facilities that continue to allow this abuse to happen.
Taking Action to Eliminate Nursing Home Abuse
Known as the Elder Justice Task Forces, representatives from several federal, state and local agencies will work together in an effort to increase enforcement against facilities accused of providing substantially substandard care. The effort, according to an article that appeared on the Modern Healthcare website on March 30, is designed to help authorities address concerns more quickly and take action in a more timely manner.
The task forces will operate in several states, including:
The reason the task forces will operate in these states, according to the article, is that the coordinating agencies in these states have shown a higher level of expertise in investigating nursing home abuse.
A spokesman associated with the effort said similar collaboration led to a $38 million settlement involving Extendicare Health Services regarding problems in nursing homes in eight states.
A Massive Problem
According to the article, the task forces could be an important tool in helping reduce nursing home abuse and helping insure residents and patients receive proper care. State agencies are primarily responsible for regulating nursing facilities, but in many instances they have a lack of resources due to budgetary constraints.