Social media posts spur Senate interest

Sen. Tom Carper wants to know if there have been civil penalties in cases of nursing home workers posting inappropriate photos or videos to social media.
Sen. Tom Carper wants to know if there have been civil penalties in cases of nursing home workers posting inappropriate photos or videos to social media.

A surge of cases involving long-term care workers inappropriately posting video or photos of naked residents has led some U.S. senators to push for greater scrutiny. 

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) sent a letter in March to the HHS Office of Civil Rights referencing a ProPublica report that cited more than 30 instances of workers posting inappropriate videos or photos of residents since 2012.

Carper's focus is around the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Residents should not have “their privacy and dignity to be put at risk because of poor oversight,” he wrote.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) sent a separate letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch last month, asking how the Department of Justice intends to address the problem.

In December, Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) requested the Senate Aging Committee investigate the issue.