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Long-Delayed Federal Database of Dangerous Pennsylvania Caregivers to Be Released

As Philadelphia nursing home neglect attorneys, we are extremely interested in a database of caregivers that will be released March 1. McKnight’s Long-Term Care News reported Feb. 17 that the database of caregiving workers deemed “dangerous” in some way has been delayed for 22 years — since 1988. The Department of Health and Human Services plans to finally make it available next month. But McKnight’s reported that an investigative report has already criticized the database as incomplete.

The criticism comes from a joint investigation between ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization, and the Los Angeles Times. That report found that states don’t communicate well with one another. This allows caregivers with records of violence, theft or incompetence to move to a new state after the first state revokes their professional credentials. The investigation compared the federal database to state records and discovered that many states simply hadn’t reported cases, or all of the details of those cases, to the federal government. Many of them are among the most recent complaints.

One licensed nurse in the article had been accused of mistreating nursing home residents at three previous facilities before he was charged in Minnesota with assaulting a resident. His licenses in three other states are on probation or restricted and he had surrendered a Texas license — but his California license is clear.

McKnight’s said DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius responded to the report by asking state governors to fill in the missing information. As Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyers, we hope they respond quickly and decisively. Elderly, ill and disabled nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable people in our society. They deserve better.

At Rosenbaum & Associates, we are proud to help victims of serious abuse, neglect or other mistreatment at a nursing home hold that home’s operator responsible. To learn more and tell us about your case, don’t hesitate to send us an email or call toll-free at 1-800-7-LEGAL-7.

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