Nursing Home Social Media Abuse is on the Rise
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May 6, 2016
In a study published by The Washington Times and ProPublica, it was revealed that nursing home residents are suffering abuse via social media when staff members publish degrading nursing home pictures of residents. As a newer type of abuse, social media nursing home abuse breaks the law and violates the elderly’s patient privacy.
Since 2012, ProPublica has found 35 cases in which nursing home or assisted living employees shared partially nude or nude photos and videos of residents via social media websites like Snapchat. Snapchat is a type of social media, implicated in 16 of the 35 cases, that permits users to upload photos and videos that are visible for seconds before they disappear.
Nursing home facilities rarely reported the humiliating photos and videos. Instead, the abuse was revealed when employees or community members reported the incidents.
To date, no nursing home has been punished for violating patient privacy rights via social media by the Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services and no recommendations to health care providers has been issued on this subject. However, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has handed down citations and is planning to address social media nursing home abuse in updated regulations.
At Phillips Law Group, we want to help you if your loved one has been an innocent victim of nursing home abuse. Reach out to our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys to find out how you can take action and file a claim right away.
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