A Senate bill aimed at preventing elder abuse would require long-term-care providers to conduct FBI criminal background checks of employees and would establish dual Offices of Elder Justice at HHS and the Justice Department. The offices would coordinate elder abuse prevention efforts at the federal, state and local levels. The "elder justice" bill, introduced today by Sens. John Breaux (D-La.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), also would toughen rules for reporting of crimes in long-term-care settings, requiring providers to report to law enforcement within two hours any serious bodily injury to a resident caused by an employee , and within 24 hours any lesser injury. It also would establish new recruiting and retention incentives for long-term care, including tax credits for providers and training and degree programs. Breaux chairs the Senate Special Committee on Aging, while Hatch is ranking Republican member of the Judiciary Committee. Click here for the proposal. -- by Susanna Duff
'Elder justice' bill proposes background checks
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