More about Elder Justice Programs
–The HHS Secretary is to allocate $10 million per year to provide and improve ombudsman training.
–For needy families, money is available to train them to provide care for the elderly in long-term care facilities.
–HHS is to establish and operate a National Training Institute for Federal and State surveyors, for the purpose of investigating allegations of abuse, neglect, and misappropriation in programs and long-term care facilities.
–A national complaint system, operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week, is to back up the state systems.
–Long-term care facilities receiving $10,000 or more from the federal government must participate in a notification program. Employees who suspect a crime against a resident must report it within 24 hours; if serious bodily injury is suspected, it must be reported within 2 hours. Violations are steep–$200,000 for the employee, and exclusion from working further with any federal health care program. A facility may not retaliate against an employee who reports allegations. Rights and responsibilities under this section are to be posted conspicuously at each facility.
–A national nurse aide registry is to be established.
States are encouraged to develop alternatives to the current civil litigation system.