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Trump Reduces Size Of Fines On Nursing Homes For Health Violations: Shots



Federal records show that the average fine for a health or safety crime by a nursing home dropped to $ 28,405 under the Trump administration, down from $ 41

,260 in 2016, President Obama's final year in office.
                
                
                    
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Federal records show that the average fine for a health or safety offense by a nursing home dropped to $ 28,405 under the Trump administration, down from $ 41,260 in 2016, President Obama's final year in office

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The federal records show that the average fine has dropped to $ 28,405 under current administration, down

The Trump administration's decision to alter the way it penalizes nursing homes has resulted in lower fines against many facilities found to have endangered or injured residents. from $ 41,260 in 2016, President Obama's final year in office

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The decrease in fines is one of the starkest examples of how Trump administration is reversing Obama's aggressive regulation of health care services in response to industry prodding

Encouraged by the nursing home industry, the Trump administration switched from fining nursing homes for every day they were out of compliance – as the Obama administration typically did – to issue a single fine for two-thirds of infractions, the records show

That reduces the impact of the penalty, critics say, giving nursing homes less incentive to fix faulty and dangerous practices before someone gets hurt

"It's not changing behavior [at nursing homes] ] in the way that we want, "says Dr. Ashish Jha, and professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. "For a small nursing home, it could be real money, but for larger ones, it's more likely a rounding error."

Since President Trump took office, the administration has heeded complaints from the nursing home industry about zealous oversight. It granted facilities and an 18-month moratorium on being penalized for violating eight new health and safety rules. It also revoked a Obama-era rule barring the facilities from pre-emptive requiring residents to submit to arbitration to resolve disputes rather than go to court


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