January 12th, 2011
Virginia’s Attorney General is proposing a bill that will allow the Attorney General’s Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Elderly Abuse Unit access to ALL records from nursing homes being investigated for abuse or neglect. Under current law, the Attorney General’s office can only look at records of Medicare and Medicaid patients becuase they are supported by government money.
If the proposed legislation is put into law, access to all nursing home records will allow investigators to see if their is a pattern of abuse at certain nursing homes.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says reviewing medical records is key to uncovering suspected nursing home abuse and neglect.
“There’s this gaping hole in terms of getting these medical records which are key to figuring out in abuse and neglect cases what’s going on. We need nurses and investigators to look at the information. What we’re seeking during this session is the ability to use subpoena power where we believe elder abuse might be taking place, so we can further analyze those records”, said Cuccinelli.
If you suspect a loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home you are advised to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer. Reaching out to law firm experienced in nursing home abuse cases is key to stopping the abuse of your loved one and helping to ensure others are not abused.