Size of fines for nursing home violations decreased under Trump admin: report

Size of fines for nursing home violations decreased under Trump admin: report
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Nursing home facilities found to have endangered or injured residents have seen lower fines during the Trump administration, according to a new NPR analysis.

NPR reported Friday that the Trump administration's decision to change how it reprimands nursing homes found to have violated health and safety rules has resulted in lower fines against a number of facilities.

According to an NPR analysis of federal records, the average fine for nursing homes decreased to $28,405 under President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE. The figure is down from $41,260 in 2016, former President Obama's last year in office.

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The analysis comes after a move by the Trump administration to roll back Obama-era regulations on health care services. 

Federal records show that the Trump administration moved from fining nursing home facilities for each day they were not compliant, to issuing single fines for two-thirds of infractions, according to NPR.

NPR noted that Trump’s decision to lower fines on nursing homes came after the industry encouraged him to do so.

Under Trump, nursing homes were given an 18-month grace period from being fined for violating any of the eight newly implemented health and safety rules.

Industry officials had reportedly urged Trump to relax some of the rules and subsequent fines after they argued inspectors were looking too hard to find violations instead of aiding the facilities. 

NPR reported that smaller fines were doled out more frequently by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services under the Trump administration. Larger fines, however, became less common.

The total amount collected from fines was down 10 percent to $114 million from April 2017 to March 2018 under Trump, compared to the total collected in Obama's final year, which was $127 million.