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CMS Cracks Down On Nursing Home Social Media Abuse

Law360, New York (August 24, 2016, 12:24 PM EDT) -- A few days before Christmas in 2015, the investigative journalists at the nonprofit news organization ProPublica published a detailed listing of dozens of incidents — from 2012 onward — in which nursing home and assisted living workers shared photos or videos of residents in compromised situations on various social media networks. A companion piece, co-published with the Washington Post on the same day, reads as a scathing condemnation of these social media postings; in excruciating detail, the article describes how workers sent each other “embarrassing and dehumanizing” photos and videos of residents.

As the December 2015 articles noted, the U.S. Centers...

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