Legislators to Address Reported Lapses in Oversight of State's Senior Care Facilities

January 24, 2018 02:40 PM

Leaders are holding a hearing Wednesday to address reports of dysfunction and a lack of oversight at the office tasked with handling complaints of maltreatment at senior care facilities.

The meeting comes after the health commissioner stepped down last month following media reports on serious oversight lapses.


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At the time, Gov. Mark Dayton said someone wasn't doing his or her job. Since then, there have been a resignation and a $9 million investment to improve the investigations that weren't being completed on time or even initiated at all.

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That will again be the focus for the Senate Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, which will be joined by the Human Services Finance and Policy Committee.

Last year, legislators learned the Office of Health Facility Complaints was investigating just 1 percent of self-reported provider complaints and only 10 percent of maltreatment complaints.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS also revealed data showing most of those investigations weren't even being completed in a timely manner.

Dayton weighed in just days after state health commissioner Ed Ehlinger abruptly resigned.

"The responsibility of these providers to talk about the rate increase and the number of complaints that come into the department, those all start with somebody who isn't doing their job," Dayton said.

The joint committee hearing begins at 10 a.m. in the Senate Office Building. The departments of health and human services will also be there, as will advocacy groups like AARP.


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