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Consumer Voice Calls on CMS to Immediately Implement Recommendations in OIG's Early Alert

September 26, 2017

Consumer Voice, along with other organizations, has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to urge them to immediately implement the recommendations in the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General's (OIG) Early Alert and to institute prompt enforcement of the reporting requirements instituted in the Social Security Act.  In August, OIG issued an Early Alert regarding the reporting of abuse and neglect of nursing home residents, finding that many incidents of potential abuse or neglect are not reported to law enforcement.  The OIG alert concluded that CMS procedures are not adequate to ensure incidents of potential abuse or neglect are identified and reported, and OIG recommended that CMS take a number of immediate actions to protect vulnerable nursing home residents.  Consumer Voice, and other organizations, are urging CNS to implement the recommendations now.  Unreported abuse cannot continue with impunity.  Nursing home residents cannot wait any longer for the requirements to report to law enforcement to be fully implemented and enforced.  Read the full letter to CMS here.

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