States beef up efforts to thwart financial exploitation of SNF residents

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Law enforcement and aging service agencies in both Michigan and Pennsylvania have launched aggressive new efforts to curb financial exploitation of seniors, including those living in nursing homes.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office has created a new complaint system that creates a direct line between nursing home facility administrators and the state’s Healthcare Fraud Division. Nursing home leaders are being tasked with reporting warning signs of potential financial exploitation of residents, Nessel announced.

Under the initiative, the department will “refresh” its partnership with the Social Security Administration to identify instances of embezzlement from vulnerable adults in nursing homes. The effort will begin with a key financial exploitation scheme.

Specifically, if concerned nursing home staff believes someone is using a nursing home resident’s assets or benefits for…

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