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Trump reduces the size of fines for nursing homes for health violations: Shot



Federal records show that the average fine for health or safety crimes in a nursing home fell to $ 28,405 during the Trump administration, from $ 41

,260 in 2016, President Obama's end-year in the office.

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Federal records show that the average fine for health and safety crimes in a nursing home fell to $ 28,405 during the Trump administration, from $ 41,260 in 2016, President Obama's final year at the office.

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The trump administration's decision to change the way of punishing nursing homes has resulted in lower fines against many plants that were found to have endangered or injured residents.

Federal records show that the average fine decreased to $ 28,405 during the current administration from $ 41,260 in 2016, President Obama's closing year at the office.

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The reduction of fines is one of the strongest examples of how the Trump administration, in response to industry development, rolls back Obama's aggressive health care regulation.

Encouraged by the hospital home, the Trump administration from fine hospitals happened every day they were out of conformity – as the Obama administration usually did – issuing a single fine for two-thirds of violations, the records show.

It reduces the consequences of the sentence, say critics, giving nursing homes less incentive to fix incorrect and dangerous routines before someone gets injured.

"It does not change the behavior [at nursing homes]] in the way we want," said Dr. Ashish Jha, professor at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. "For a small nursing home, it can be real money, but for bigger "It is more likely a rounding error."

Since President Trump began, the administration has followed complaints from nursing homes on jealousy oversight. The granted facilities an 18-month moratorium from being punished for violating eight new health and safety rules It also revoked an Obama-era rule that prevents the facilities from preventively requiring residents to submit arbitration to settle disputes rather than go to court.