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Feds Target Social Media Abuse Of Nursing Home Patients

Law360, New York (August 8, 2016, 6:50 PM EDT) -- Federal regulators on Friday directed state inspectors to begin scrutinizing efforts by nursing homes to protect elderly residents from being degraded on social media by staff members, a move prompted by dozens of disturbing posts in recent years.

A letter from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told state survey agencies within 30 days to start examining nursing home policies on social media as part of broader inspections. The agencies, which help CMS enforce Medicare and Medicaid standards, must look at how nursing homes prevent staff from using cameras and smartphones to photograph residents and post pictures on social media,...

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