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Trump Reduces Size Of Fines On Nursing Homes For Health Violations : Shots



Federal records show that the average fine for a health or safety infringement by a nursing home has dropped to $ 28.405 under the Trump administration, from $ 41

,260 in 2016, President Obama's last year in office.

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Federal records show that the average fine for a health care or health care infringement by a nursing home has dropped to $ 28.405 under the Trump administration, from $ 41,260 in 2016, the last year of President Obama.

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The Trump administration's decision to change the way it punishes nursing homes has led to lower fines against many facilities that have residents in danger or danger

Federal records show that The average fine has fallen to $ 28405 under the current administration, down from $ 41,260 in 2016, President Obama's last year in office.

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Decreasing fines is one of the crudest examples of how, in response to the pressures of industry, the Trump administration is slowing down the aggressive regulation of Obama's health services.

Encouraged by the rest home industry, the Trump administration has moved from dented nursing homes for every day they were out of compliance – as the Obama administration generally – to issue a & Only penalty for two-thirds of infringements, as the records show.

This reduces the impact of the sanction, critics say, giving nursing homes less incentive to correct bad and dangerous practices before someone gets hurt

"It's not changing behavior [at nursing homes] the way we want", says dr. Ashish Jha, Harvard professor TH Chan School of Public Health. "For a small nursing home, it could be real money, but for larger ones, a rounding error is more likely."

Since President Trump took office, the administration has taken notice of complaints from the nursing home industry about zealous supervision. It granted the structures an 18-month moratorium to be penalized for violating eight new health and safety regulations. He also lifted an Obama rule that forbade facilities to request residents to submit to arbitration before settling disputes rather than going to court.