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Nursing Home Agrees to Pay $17, 000 Fine

A nursing home has agreed to pay $17,500 in civil penalties for more than two dozen violations, including to protect its resident from sexual abuse. The nursing home was citied for failing to report injuries to the state as required, including falls with cuts or broken bones. Officials discovered the problems but after the center corrected all the deficiencies and allowed the nursing home to continue to operate. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid agreed with health inspectors that a “substandard quality of care” was being provided and they suspended Medicare payments until the facility made the corrections. The federal government did require the nursing home to pay fines of $7,000. The facility also took corrective steps that including putting a new policy in place on sexually expressive behavior among residents, including training for staff. To read the full story, click here.