State Authorities Arrest 78 Individuals for Certified Nursing Assistant Test Score ‘Scheme’
State authorities have arrested 78 individuals in the Los Angeles area in a "scheme to sell passing test scores to applicants who otherwise would not qualify to work" as certified nursing assistants, the Los Angeles Times reports. Attorney General Bill Lockyer (D) said last Thursday that a number of individuals purchased the test scores to obtain certified nursing assistant positions at 47 nursing homes in Los Angeles and Orange counties. A nursing home administrator first reported the problem to the state after the administrator found that an applicant could not speak, read or write English -- the language in which the state administers the certified nursing assistant test. Some of the applicants paid as much as $600 for the test scores, the Times reports. Most of the 78 individuals arrested await trial on misdemeanor charges (Malnic, Los Angeles Times, 5/17).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.