The National Memo reported on Trump’s plan to allow nursing homes to neglect and abuse vulnerable elderly resident to the point of death and not be subject to a fine. Reacting to the demands of lobbyists and their campaign contributions, the Trump administration has struck down several regulations that increase the safety and well-being of residents. The New York Times reports that this now means several common citations that used to result in fines will either see reduced penalties or no penalties at all.
“The fines, designed to prod nursing homes into treating elderly Americans with more care, respect, and dignity, were put in place by President Barack Obama and sought to make the institutions answerable to standards put together by Medicare.”
According to federal data, CMS since 2013 has cited nearly 6,500 nursing homes for serious violations discovered during inspections required under Medicare and has fined about two-thirds of those facilities. The nursing homes were most commonly cited for bedsores, failing to protect patients from avoidable accidents, mistreatment, and neglect, Kaiser Health News reports.