If your loved one is being cared for in a nursing home facility, you’ll want to pay close attention to recent changes made by The Trump Administration. The implementation of fines against nursing home facilities that have been accused of neglect or wrongdoing, should be scaled back, according to The Trump Administration. This announcement comes as part of a broad relaxation of various regulations. Such a change in the penalty protocols made by Medicare was requested by the nursing home industry and their main trade group The American Health Care Association. The group has made several complaints since 2013 alleging that federal inspectors, under President Barack Obama, focused more on “catching the wrongdoing” rather than encouraging these facilities to make improvements.
Mark Parkinson, president of the AHCA, wrote a letter to Trump in 2016 and asked him for relief. Between 2013 and 2016, approximately 6,500 nursing homes, or 4 in 10, were cited for at least one serious violation. Of those, Medicare allocated fines of around $33,000 to two thirds of these facilities. Citations and violations included the failure to protect residents from accidents that could be avoided, mistreatment, abuse, and neglect.