Pennsylvania forms nursing home task force

A newly-formed task force will address growing allegations of understaffing and neglect in the state's nursing homes, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Wednesday.

The group will review the state's nursing home operations over the next six months and develop possible improvements. Task force members include long-term care industry experts, doctors and state lawmakers.

The creation of the task force follows a lawsuit filed by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane last month against Golden Gate National Senior Care LLC, and 14 of its Golden LivingCenters subsidiaries. Among other things, the suit alleges that Golden Living failed to provide basic services to residents, falsified care records and deceived inspectors.

“We want to make sure we're the national leader in protecting our (nursing home) residents,” Murphy said.

In related Pennsylvania legal news, a prosecutor filed charges against Kane on Thursday, accusing the first-term attorney general of illegally leaking grand jury information to the media. It's not the first time Kane has been accused of less-than legal activity — earlier this year, a group of Pennsylvania nursing homes alleged that Kane has an “improper” contingency deal with a private law firm.