Federal Report Shows Medicare Had Paid Billions to Nursing Homes Providing Deficient Care

A report released last week by the Department of Health and Human Services said that in 2009 Medicare paid about $5.1 billion to nursing homes that failed to meet federal quality of care regulations. These facilities were caring for patients in conditions that were sometimes dangerous or neglectful.

According to the official report on the year 2009, one in three patients were admitted to a facility that was in violation of care standards. The report concluded that patients are receiving poor care and tax payers are funding this potentially dangerous care.

Investigators also found that 20% of nursing home admissions involved a patient whose care needs were not addressed in their individualized care plan. Other issues involved residents getting unnecessary  treatments, and residents being held in the facility despite meeting their rehab goals. Investigators also found problems with patients who were moved to another care setting improperly or without all relevant information.

The report causes concern in light of new, more expansive, healthcare bills from the federal government. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services responded to the report by saying that it is working on improving enforcement and overall quality in nursing homes. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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