Iowa nursing home residents “need more protection, not less”, a sentiment expressed by the Iowa Attorney General and shared by a coalition of 17 attorneys general around the nation in response to the proposed lifting of federal regulations that protect elders from abuse, neglect and exploitation in nursing homes.
In 2016, CMS long term care reforms sought not only protect against abuse, neglect and exploitation, but also moved to prevent nursing home infections, improve training to nursing home staff and ban arbitration agreements that keep family members from suing nursing homes when residents are injured.
Unfortunately, many of the changes, set to roll out in 2017, are instead up for a second look as some fear the requirements would be too burdensome for facilities. In a letter to HHS, attorneys generals around to nation expressed grave concerns that the actions to dial down protections will only threaten the mental and physical security of seniors in nursing homes.
Nursing Home Residents Need More Protection – If You Suspect Elder Abuse or Neglect
Contact Iowa Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer John T. Hemminger For Help
If your family member is injured, exploited or abused in an Iowa nursing home, it is important to enlist the help of an experienced nursing home lawyer to hold the nursing home facility accountable for their actions. Contact Iowa Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawyer John T. Hemminger for immediate assistance today at 515-283-2116.
Source: iowaattorneygeneral.gov, “Miller, 17 attorneys general oppose rolling back protections for nursing home residents”, accessed June 12, 2018.
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