We love a new initiative launched recently by State Attorney General Dana Nessel and her team to help protect nursing home patients.
What we have here is an online portal that will allow complaints to be lodged on behalf of nursing home residents, particularly in the area of financial abuse.
“This portal will provide care home employees with a way to report suspected embezzlement and financial abuse,” Nessel said in a written statement. “If a facility knows that a resident has an income stream, but their patient account is in the red, it may be a warning sign that someone is misappropriating the patient’s assets. This concern can be reported through this portal directly to our team for assessment for investigation. We look forward to working collaboratively with the long-term care community to root out and prosecute any alleged abuse. »
The new portal is now live and focuses on the tenth initiative in the state’s second round of elder abuse task force initiatives. Care home administrators will provide information directly to the department’s Health Care Fraud Division for follow-up and investigation.
If applicable staff know or have reason to believe that someone is using a nursing home resident’s assets or benefits for purposes other than the care, needs and wishes of the resident, a complaint can be filed online.
The complaints system can be accessed directly through the department’s website at www.michigan.gov/ag/complaints.
Residents of retirement homes are among our most vulnerable fellow citizens, very often completely dependent on others.
Will this portal solve all the problems in this area? Of course not. But it is a step in the right direction.
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