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WASHINGTON — More than 1 in 4 cases of possible sexual and physical abuse against nursing home patients apparently went unreported to police, says a government audit that faults Medicare for failing to enforce a federal law requiring immediate notification.

The Health and Human Services inspector general’s office issued an “early alert” Monday on preliminary findings from a large sampling of cases in 33 states. The results were sufficiently alarming that investigators say corrective action is needed now.

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  • This is personal information, DPH is not doing their job on the negligence and sexual abuse of elderly patients , they use and abuse the system all the time right under anyone’s noses. Residents can’t defend themselves they are often too frail or incompasitated to respond or worse ask for help! Law offices will sometimes turn cases down because there hasn’t been any broken bones or worse death due to the abuse. Well yess it’s happening Medicare right under your nose. Someone needs to get off their cell and bring their feet down from that desk and work to give our love ones a better few years that they very well have left.

  • Keep the politics out of it. This isn’t about Democrat or Republican, so quit dividing this country even further than the past 2 disastrous years have done.

    This is about care for the disabled and the elderly. It’s about ABUSE of the patients being reported and prosecuted so it DOESN’T HAPPEN AGAIN. There are nursing homes that are not only abusing the patients, they are abusing the system for GREED.

  • Well, the first thing is to have law MANDATE surprise visits and hire people who actually know what abuse of elderly looks like and can detect liars. The second is never vote in people like Kamala Harris who appear to care less about our most vulnerable citizens. As with many politicans who favor protecting stakeholders from liablity after someone abuses a defenseless 90 year old, Harris is only concerned with protecting her donors who may be sued in a lawsuit after an elderly person is abused. This is NOT the kind of woman we need as President or even as a Senator. SOURCES so you can decide for yourselves:

  • So it looks like we cannot trust Medicare to back us up on neglect, very poor nursing care, for loved one in nursing home. What is the family to do? Granddaughter practically lives there to make sure her grandma gets her dressings changed properly and regularly, turned q2 hrs etc if it was not for the granddaughter her grandmother would be in very poor health. Please tell me what I can do to help correct this. It has got to come to a end.

  • Healthcare providers are required by law to report suspected child/adult/elder abuse to local law enforcement agencies in Louisiana. Facility policy should dovetail with state laws. Facility policy should include procedures reporting, preservation of evidence, and documentation requirements. Events such as sexual assault and physical abuse with injury should be considered as Sentinel Events which would require regulatory agency reporting and post event processes to identify causation and measures to prevent future events. State /federal CMS should track this data. CMS should include Sentinel Event reporting in their accreditation process. Staff education related to elder abuse, state laws, resident assessment findings should be provided & documented on hire and annually. Administators of LTC/Nursing Homes should see this as a selling point for their facility-resident safety is a priority.

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