HHS OIG Finds Abuse in Nursing Homes Goes Unreported

August 28, 2017

HHS OIG FINDS ABUSE IN NURSING HOMES GOES UNREPORTED. The AP (8/28, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports that the HHS inspector general’s office is issuing an “early alert” Monday on its findings from a “large sampling of cases in 33 states” which concludes that more than 25 percent of “cases of possible sexual and physical abuse against nursing home patients apparently went unreported to police.” The OIG “faults Medicare for failing to enforce a federal law requiring immediate notification.” Auditors from the inspector general’s office identified 134 cases in which hospital emergency department records “indicated possible sexual or physical abuse, or neglect, of nursing home residents” from 2015 through 2016 and found 38 of the cases – 28 percent – were not reported to law enforcement. CMS said “nursing home resident safety is our priority and primary focus,” and it is committed “to ensure these vulnerable people are properly cared for, and that all viable or alleged instances involving abuse or neglect are fully investigated and resolved.”

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