One of Trump’s latest assaults on Obama’s legacy involves senior citizens. During the Obama era, the former administration drafted regulations to thwart abuse of nursing home residents. The Trump administration decided those rules are unnecessary, according to The New York Times.
Since 2013, roughly 6,500 nursing homes have been cited for at minimum one serious violation. Violations include neglect, abuse, and other forms of mistreatment. Two-thirds of the cited nursing homes received Medicare fines.
The American Health Care Association found the Obama-era rules too stringent. The association’s president, Mark Parkinson, wrote a letter to President Trump in December 2016 asking for “relief.”
The new Trump era rules advise regulators to avoid imposing fines against nursing homes. Here is one example via The Times of how the Obama-era regulations worked:
“In September 2016, for instance, health inspectors faulted Lincoln Manor, a nursing home in Decatur, Ill., for failing to monitor and treat the wound of a patient whose implanted pain-medication pump gradually slipped over eight days through a ruptured suture and protruded from her abdomen. The patient died.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services fined Lincoln Manor $282,954, including $10,091 a day for 28 days, from the time the nursing home noticed the problem with the wound until supervisors had retrained nurses to avoid similar errors. An administrative law judge called the penalties ‘quite modest’ given the ‘appalling’ care.
The fines were issued before the new guidelines took effect; if the agency had issued a one-time fine, the maximum would have been less than $21,000.”
Do you have loved ones living in a nursing home?