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OIG Report on Criminal Convictions of Nurse Aides with Substantiated Findings of Abuse, Neglect, & Misappropriation

A new OIG study provides baseline information for an ACA-mandated report on the extent to which nurse aides with substantiated findings of abuse, neglect, and/or misappropriation had previous criminal convictions that could have been detected through background checks. Based on a review of state records, the OIG found that 19% of nurse aides who received a substantiated finding of abuse, neglect, and/or misappropriation of property during 2010 had at least one conviction in their criminal history records prior to their substantiated finding (the majority of which was for crimes against property, including, burglary, shoplifting, and writing bad checks). The OIG calculates that nurse aides with substantiated findings of abuse or neglect were 3.2 times more likely to have a conviction of crime against persons than nurse aides with substantiated findings of misappropriation, who in turn were 1.6 times more likely to have a conviction of crime against property than nurse aides with substantiated findings of abuse or neglect. The report, “Criminal Convictions for Nurse Aides with Substantiated Findings of Abuse, Neglect, and Misappropriation,” is available here

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