Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Senate Committee on Aging Calls for Federal Scrutiny of Nursing Home Trust Account Practices

Following last week's USA Today article exposing thefts by nursing home employees from resident trust accounts, Senator Bill Nelson, chair of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, has called upon the Inspector General to investigate management and oversight practices and to reommend corrective action by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).  CMS has oversight authority over nursing homes. 

In a letter dated October 21, Senator Nelson targets the absence of standard protocals for safeguarding such accounts:

"Widespread negligent oversight allowed some of these theft and embezzlements schemes to go on undetected for years, and in some instances the losses totaled more than $100,000. Several of these trust fund culprits were caught merely by accident or due to the suspicions of a co-worker, and not by systematic financial auditing or tight management controls."

If, as the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished, no bad deed by a nursing home goes uninvestigated by Congress.  Stay tuned, but don't hold your breath. 

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