More State Legislation Proposed to Protect the Victims of Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

A State Senator in the North East said she will re-introduce a bill this year that would make it easier to hold the owners of nursing homes criminally responsible for nursing home neglect and abuse in their facilities. The bill was voted on last year and passed the state Senate, but died in the House.One thing the proposed bill would do is require criminal background checks for all nurses before they could care for the elderly.

The bill would require the Department of Public Health to include a notice in nursing home applications informing owners they could be held criminally accountable for any abuse and neglect of residents that may occur in the facility.

The director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit said one issue is that many nursing homes in the North East are owned by people who own facilities in one state, but reside in another and believe they can’t be responsible for neglect if they don’t see it or participate in it. These out of state owners actually can be held responsible, and it would help in prosecuting a case to have a notice such as the one the bill proposes. This would show that the that nursing home owners were warned of their liability. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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