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A Frail System: About this project

Families’ abilities to hold potentially negligent nursing facilities accountable have been diminished by a recent change in state law that bars records of abuse and neglect from use in the courts, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has found. The Center’s investigation also shows that some long-term care facilities are failing to report deaths and injuries, as required by law. This page summarizes the components of the series.

February 17, 2013 https://partners.wisconsinwatch.org/2013/02/a-frail-system-about-this-project/

New state law conceals records of abuse, neglect in nursing homes

A new Wisconsin law, which went into effect in February 2011, bars families from using state health investigation records in state civil suits filed against long-term providers, including nursing homes and hospices. It also makes such records inadmissible in criminal cases against health care providers accused of neglecting or abusing patients.

February 17, 2013 https://partners.wisconsinwatch.org/2013/02/law-conceals-records-of-abuse-neglect-in-nursing-homes/