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Trump reduces fines in nursing homes for health violations: shots



Federal data shows that the average fine for a health or safety-related accident under the Trump Administration fell to $ 28,405, compared to $ 41

,260 in 2016, President Obama's last year in office.

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Federal data shows that the average fine for a health or safety breach by a Trump-based nursing home has fallen to $ 28,405, compared to $ 41,260 in 2016, President Obama's last year in office.

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The Trump government's decision to change the way in which it punishes nursing homes has resulted in lower fines against many facilities that have endangered or injured residents.

Federal Acts show that the average fine under the current administration has dropped to $ 28,405 from $ 41,260 in 2016, President Obama's last year in office.

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The reduction in fines is one of the most blatant examples of how the Trump government is repressing the aggressive regulation of Obama's health services in response to the pressure of industry.

Encouraged by In the nursing home industry, the Trump administration switched from fines for nursing home care every day they stopped abiding by the rules – to imposing a single fine for two thirds of the violations as the records show.

This reduces the impact of the punishment, critics say, by providing nursing homes with less incentive to repair erroneous and dangerous practices before anyone gets hurt.

"Behavior does not change [at nursing homes] the way we want it," says Dr. Ashish Jha, a professor at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. "It could be real money for a small nursing home, but for larger ones it's more of a rounding error."

Since President Trump's inauguration, the government has complied with complaints from the Nursing Home Industry about jealousy. It granted the institutions an 18-month moratorium for being punished for violating eight new health and safety regulations. It also revoked an Obama era ruling that prevents institutions from compelling local residents to settle disputes rather than going to court.