Nursing Home Advocates Urge Lawmakers To Require Reporting Of Suspicious Deaths

An investigation that recently highlighted the fact that suspicious deaths are neither being reported nor investigated by a medical examiner has brought other statistics to the forefront. In one state, suspicious deaths are reported at least once daily and 21% are never examined due to low funding to hire enough medical examiners to get the job done. 

Advocates of reporting suspicious nursing home deaths are calling for legislation and funding to allow suspicous deaths to not only be reported but investigated by medical examiners to determine the cause of the death. The nursing home chain in this same state recently faced charges from the attorney general citing poor care, records falsification, failure to prevent insect infestations, poor infection management of residents, and other forms of abuse and neglect that have led to resident injuries and death. For more, read the story