Certain districts in Kansas are among the initial 10 Elder Justice Task Forces created by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Kansas will join California, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Kentucky, Washington, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee as one of the first states chosen to implement this Task Force in select districts.
According to a recent article in The National Review, titled "DOJ Task Forces Target Elder Fraud in Health Care," the U.S. Department of Justice created these Task Forces to target health care providers who victimize the elderly.
The new Elder Justice Task Forces have a three part mission: coordination, investigation, penalization.
The goal of these Task Forces is to initiate cooperative investigation among federal, state, and local law enforcement, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, state adult protective services agencies, long-term care ombudsman programs, U.S. attorneys' offices, state Medicaid fraud control units, and state and local prosecutors' offices.
Yes, that is a lot of moving parts.
With these teams working together and sharing resources, they plan to bring violators to justice more efficiently and effectively.
The Task Forces focus on businesses and health care providers who work with the elderly. The Forces will examine health care fraud violations and nursing homes with inadequate care for their residents.
What about punishment for violators? The Task Force will have teeth, too. It will be authorized to enforce HIPAA violations, False Claims Act violations and state criminal laws.
This can mean hefty fines for offending corporations. The team also has the right to seek non-monetary penalties, such as debarment from federal programs like Medicare.
Offending individuals who are caught committing crimes will face imprisonment and fines.
Why is this important for Kansas senior citizens and those who care about them?
With this new Task Force, Kansas will be at the forefront in protecting its seniors.
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Reference: The National Review (April 28, 2016) "DOJ Task Forces Target Elder Fraud in Health Care"