Nursing Home Rush To Medicare Funding Leads To Care Concerns

Medicare funding is meant to increase the quality of nursing home care.  However, in reality Medicare funding is inadvertently creating a negative effect on the quality care.  Nursing homes are rushing to receive funding for short-term patients, because it brings in the largest amount of dollars. The issue with this is that facilities are equipped for long-term care and often do not have the skilled staff or level of staffing to assist with hospital transitions and patient needs related to short-term care.

A retired neonatal doctor experienced this phenomenon firsthand. She was promised more than quality care with special amenities offered by the facility, such as “decadent” hot baths as requested.  She ended up with unanswered calls for repositioning and was sent to the hospital with an infected bed sore. Now she is filing a lawsuit and she is not alone. Family members of loved ones who are patients in nursing homes have expressed the fact that they have experienced negligent care and saw a promise of quality care and amenities undelivered.  For more, read the story.

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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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