DOJ, Other Agencies Launch 10 Elder Justice Task Forces Targeting Nursing Home Quality
April 8, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
New Elder Justice Task Forces will be established in 10 regions nationwide to coordinate the efforts of prosecutors, law enforcement, and state and federal agencies to target nursing homes that "provide grossly substandard care," the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced. Working together with U.S. Attorneys' offices, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG), and other state and federal groups, the task forces will facilitate information sharing and help joint investigations. By including OIG as well as law enforcement agencies, the DOJ signaled that the task forces will pursue fraud and abuse claims related to the quality of care provided in addition to potential criminal charges related to abuse and civil allegations of regulatory noncompliance.