State Investigates Abuse Allegation

State health officials are investigating a nursing and retirement center after administrators failed to report an abuse allegation that happened nearly a year ago. According to reports, the retirement and nursing home failed to comply with state regulations requiring it to report suspected abuse to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Earlier this year, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated suspected abuse when an anonymous caller indicated that a former nursing assistant was terminated due to an alleged sexual abuse allegation against an elderly resident. The caller stated that he was the one that actually witnessed the nursing assistant abusing the resident and he was concerned that it was not properly reported.

According to DHEC policies, reports of suspected abuse must report it to the agency’s bureau within 24 hours of an incident and licensing within 10 days of an incident. The nursing and retirement center failed to do both. For more, read the story.

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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