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By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm
June 10, 2011
Minnesota has been ranked as one of the worst states in the country for investigating complaints of abuse occurring in care facilities, the Star Tribune reports. Federal guidelines specify that least 90% of abuse complaints investigated, a mark that the Minnesota Health Department has failed to meet in each of the past four years.
In fact, as the Star Tribune reports, reviews from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services show that the state failed to do its job correctly in 40 percent of cases in 2008 and 2009. Darcy Milner, Director of Minnesota’s Compliance Monitoring Division, stated, “I know we’re not perfect.” She also acknowledged that Minnesota’s current system is not geared towards punishing violators.
As the Star Tribune article reveals, you might not be able to count on our State’s government to effectively take action against abuse in care facilities.
If you believe that a loved one has suffered abuse at a nursing home or other care facility that promises to care for vulnerable adults, it’s up to you to take action now. Contact the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm online or call us toll free at (877) 552 2873 to set up a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.
By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm
June 7, 2011
Reporter Brad Schrade’s investigative report on abuse in nursing homes and other care facilities was published in the June 6 edition of the Star Tribune. His investigation reveals eye-opening facts and figures, which should set off alarms for those in the care industry and those who oversee the care industry. Here are some samples:
In the past six years, according to records reviewed by the Star Tribune, state regulators have substantiated 273 cases of abuse and exploitation at nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and in-home care agencies.
In 381 other cases of suspected abuse and exploitation — including 96 reports of sexual abuse — the state was unable to prove that misconduct took place, even though regulators found some evidence of wrongdoing in almost two-thirds of those investigations, records show.
Federal officials have repeatedly faulted Minnesota for how it reviews complaints of abuse and neglect. Twice in the past four years, federal records show, state regulators did not properly investigate 40 percent of reported complaints.
Many abuse cases at nursing homes and other care providers never get prosecuted. The nature of the allegations can be difficult to prove in court.
State regulators said they continue to wonder if they should have taken a tougher stand on Good Samaritan’s conduct, but they believe recent policy changes will make it easier to levy sanctions in the future.
We at the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm commend Reporter Schrade and the Star Tribune for addressing this problem of abuse. If you believe that a loved one has suffered abuse at a nursing home or other care facility that promise to care for vulnerable adults, take action now and contact the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm online or call us toll free at (877) 552 2873 to set up a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.