Social faux pas: nursing home employees fired for sharing pictures of residents to mobile app

UR Medicine Thompson Health in Canandaigua has fired employees the health system said were involved in taking and sharing photos on social media of residents of the M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center without the permission of the residents, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.

"When we learned of wrongdoing by the individuals involved, we immediately reported to the appropriate authorities and are cooperating fully with their investigations," according to a statement released Wednesday from Thompson Health. 

The health system said it was contacting families to "offer our sincere apologies."

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Attorney General is investigating, according to deputy press secretary Rachel Shippee. No details of the investigation were provided.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates allegations at nursing homes, which receive Medicaid money to care for residents.

The state Department of Health also confirmed an investigation related to alleged violation of resident's rights. A spokesman declined to say whether the photo incident caused M.M. Ewing to be cited for an immediate jeopardy, which is an event likely to cause serious harm, impairment, injury or death. The spokesman said the investigation was ongoing and the department could not provide more details.

Read the full story at the Democrat & Chronicle.

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