Red Hand Icon Will Warn of Previous Nursing Home Abuse

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In an effort to provide consumers with a quick and easy way to assess the safety of a long-term care facility for themselves and their loved ones, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has started using a new abuse warning icon, indicating when a facility has a history of nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect citations. The warning icon is in the shape of a red hand, and it has already evoked cries of protest from the long-term and post-acute care industry.

In an effort to provide consumers with a quick and easy way to assess the safety of a long-term care facility for themselves and their loved ones, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has started using a new abuse warning icon, indicating when a facility has a history of nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect citations. The warning icon is in the shape of a red hand, and it has already evoked cries of protest from the long-term and post-acute care industry.

Federal Agency Says That Red Hand Will Empower Consumers and Stop Nursing Home Abuse

Countering the industry’s arguments, CMS administrator Seema Verma said that providing consumers with information about previous nursing home abuse citations will provide an incentive for the facilities in which it occurred to improve. “With today’s action, the Trump administration is putting critical information at consumers’ fingertips, empowering them and incentivizing nursing homes to compete on cost and quality,” Verma said in a statement.

Though nursing home administrators say that the initiative is overly punitive and will disqualify facilities, advocates for those who have suffered nursing home abuse and neglect favor the action, saying that had they known that a facility had a record of abuse they would never have entrusted their loved ones to their care. Fewer than 5% of the nation’s more than 15,000 nursing home facilities have been tagged with the icon.

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