State Officials Investigate Nursing Home Neglect

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Neglect in nursing homes have risen so far this year.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has opened 131 cases so far this year, compared with 74 in the same period last year.

There have been 63 new cases just in the past month.

DeWine announced recently that his office will aggressively investigate nursing homes that provide residents with inadequate or abusive care. He had gone to a Zanesville nursing home in eastern Ohio where his investigators used surveillance cameras to uncover what he called shocking and disturbing treatment of residents.

DeWine says he believes most Ohio nursing homes provide excellent care, but he won't tolerate those who are harming residents.