A shocking new report from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services shows how common abuse really is in nursing homes. According to the report, one out of five ER visits from nursing homes is due to abuse. Over 37,000 “high-risk” elderly patients were examined in this report. These cases were reported to CMS by the hospitals, which shows a problem already. Nursing homes are required to report all cases of abuse to CMS but don’t. But how do they get away with blatantly disregarding these regulations? The simple answer is that CMS is understaffed and lacks resources. This report confirms this and calls for CMS to be bolstered in order to track all incidents of potential abuse.
So what is the government doing to help combat this underreporting? Some are suggesting looking at Medicare claims. This way, CMS will have a better way to track potential cases of abuse, and not have to depend so heavily on reporting. While this data is helpful in keeping track of past cases of abuse, it doesn’t do much to address the problem. That’s why it’s important to check on your elderly relatives in nursing homes. Look for signs of abuse. Unexplainable bruises, cuts, and so on. If you fear that your loved one is a victim of abuse, report it immediately. If your fears are correct, you should contact an attorney. An experienced nursing home abuse attorney might be able to help you with your case.
Contact a Texas Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer for Help
When you place your loved one in a care facility, you expect them to remain safe and free from harm. This is unfortunately not always the case, as nursing home abuse and neglect is a growing issue across the United States. If your senior loved one is showing any signs of nursing home abuse, it is in your best interest to reach out to The Law Giant at Begum Law Group right away.