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Government Accountability Office reports that nursing home penalties are lacking

According to a recent congressional investigatory report, federal health officials impose only minimal penalties on nursing homes repeatedly cited for mistreatment of patients. The accountability office states that little seems to have changed at the nation’s worst-performing homes. The Bush administration rarely uses its authority to deny payment to homes with a history of compliance problems and typically imposes fines far less than the maximum of $10,000 a day for nursing home abuse and neglect.

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