2008-04-18 / Community

State AG Seeks Senior Safety At Home

To learn that a group of nurses have taken advantage of the State Medicaid home care program and exploited a patient is unsettling. Patients that rely on home care services, and the workers and the agencies that deliver such care, are all victims when there is abuse in the system.

Agencies continues to press for the enactment of legislation to create a centralized registry, which would ensure only trained and certified home care workers are taking care of patients. We have worked this year with the Attorney General and the Legislature on such a registry that would include:

Identifying information for any individual hired as an aide;

Name and date of any State-approved training program and competency evaluations successfully completed by individual;

Home care employment history of the individual;

Requirements that State-approved training programs file key information on persons they train with the home care registry; and

Every home care agency would access the registry as part of an employment background check.

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