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Corruption threatens nursing home inspections

At a time when nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect is a nationwide dilemma, it is a necessity that nursing home inspections be completed honestly and diligently.

A recent article addresses the potential corruption threatening the efficiency of nursing home inspections and the safety of nursing home patients. According to the article, nursing home companies invest heavily in local politicians in an effort to protect themselves against legislation that would be unfavorable to their industry. For example, in Arkansas, the nursing home industry was a top contributor for state candidates in the 2004 election, giving almost $100,000 to state politicians.

Consumer Reports states that messages from legislators filter down to the regulators who are supposed to be enforcing the nursing home inspections and protecting nursing home patients against abuse and neglect.

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