CMS Asks Federal Officials to Enforce Penalties on Nursing Home Employees Using Social Media to Violate the Privacy of Nursing Home Residents

By |2024-03-14T10:01:14-04:00May 15, 2018|Health Facilities Law Blog|

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

On August 8, 2016, federal health regulators announced plans to crack down on nursing home employees who take “demeaning” photographs and videos of residents and post them on social media. Patient advocates want the federal agency to more explicitly outline the penalties for the growing number of nursing home employees who are abusing patients in this extremely public way.

“Patient Abuse” Using Social Media Platforms.

The move follows a series of reports that have documented alleged abuses in nursing homes and assisted living facilities (ALFs) arising from use of social media platforms such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram. […]