The U.S. Department of Justice recently unveiled a new task force that aims to rein in “grossly substandard” nursing home care. The national nursing home initiative will focus its efforts on the epidemic of short-staffing, inadequate infection control procedures and patient neglect and abuse.
The Trump administration has made nursing home safety and quality a key feature of its healthcare strategy. It’s an important issue for the president’s political base, which skews older than the electorate, especially in an election year. But it’s also a growing concern for a healthcare system that’s struggling to deal with an aging population in need of more long-term care services.