MSNBC title New rules for nursing home abuse: Accommodating survivors article New York State’s new rules to help residents of nursing homes report abuse will help them receive compensation from their former homes, state health officials announced Monday.
Under the rules, which took effect this week, people who were abused by a family member, a neighbor, a co-worker, a friend or employer will have to file a report with the state.
A nurse, for example, will be able to file the report with a police agency and will have a chance to contest the allegations.
A caregiver, for instance, will have the same opportunity to contest a claim, said Dr. Paul Kohn, the New York state commissioner of health and human services.
Under new rules, those who were victims of abuse may get compensation by having their claims for medical expenses paid to their former caretaker, a family friend or their former employer.
The state will also allow victims to apply for a compensation award from their current employer, a former employer or a former nursing home provider.
Kohn also said that the new rules will also apply to other types of abuse, such as abuse by family members or a neighbor.
The rules, finalized by New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo, come after a report from The Guardian newspaper last month that found that at least three of the state’s 16 nursing homes have been in serious cases of abuse.
The state has said it is taking steps to investigate the allegations but said it has not yet found a perpetrator.
Kennedy said Monday that while the rules are an improvement, there is still work to be done to ensure victims receive the best possible treatment.
She said the state is also investigating how victims were treated after they reported abuse.