N.Y. uses hidden cameras in nursing homes

April 1, 2010 at 7:54 PM

ALBANY, N.Y., April 1 (UPI) -- Hidden cameras in New York nursing homes have helped convict 30 employees of mistreating patients, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has convicted one nursing home company, The Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported Thursday. In another case, Cuomo said, a corporate owner agreed to a civil settlement.

"With the consent of family members, we put hidden cameras in nursing homes across the state, watching over the vulnerable who often cannot advocate for themselves," Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday. "My office is strongly committed to using all the tools at our disposal to make sure people are getting the medical treatment and care they deserve."

Cuomo announced charges against 14 employees at Northwoods Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility in Troy and eight at Williamsville Suburban Nursing Home near Buffalo.

At Northwoods, employees allegedly failed to move an immobile patient and take other steps to prevent bedsores. At Williamsville, two nurses and an aide allegedly failed to provide necessary treatment to an elderly woman and falsified records to cover up, while five aides are charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly moving the woman without using a mechanical lift.

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