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Nursing Home Abuse and Poor Care: Medicare Still Paid Millions

February 28, 2013

In a report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services, studies show that despite the fact that several nationwide nursing homes have been guilty of nursing home abuse by not providing the required care, Medicare still paid millions to these facilities.

According to the report, one out of every three patients in nursing homes in 2009 were not given the proper treatment as mandated by nationwide nursing home laws. For example, investigators discovered that mental, physical, and health needs of these patients were far below what is required of nursing homes. In addition to these patients not receiving the help they needed, millions of dollars from taxpayers were going to facilities that are considered dangerous living situations.

In one instance, a patient was given a series of three medications at the same time without any type of monitoring for the side effects when combined. On another occasion, a patient who was not diagnosed was still receiving unneeded therapy on a regular basis. However, the most dangerous situations occurred when several patients were left with bed sores and other illnesses that were not treated in a timely manner.

Investigators along with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are seeking ways to reduce these incidents in the future. Meanwhile, the victims and their families have the right to obtain a nursing home abuse attorney for the neglect and abuse endured.