Nursing Homes Putting Profits Over Safety
The nursing home industry overbills Medicare $1.5 billion every year for care residents either do not need or do not receive according to a report published in November 2012 by the Office of the Inspector General. For-profit nursing homes accounted for a much higher percentage of improper billing than did non-profits. Thirty percent of the improper billinig samples were from for-profit nursing home claims, compared to just 12% from non-profits.
Bloomberg.com published a recent article that includes reports of large corporations controlling costs by understaffing that results in gross and even criminal mistreatment of residents – and bilking us all by charging Medicare for it.
The first to suffer from understaffing are the residents themselves.Residents fall when there are not enough caregivers to help with transfers from bed to toilet. Residents are left soiled in their wheelchairs lined up along the hallways when there are not enough caregivers to clean them. Residents die when there are not enough caregivers to assist with feeding.
Who is looking out for our elderly? One organization that advocates for the rights of the elderly is The National Consumer Voice for Qualitiy Long-Term Care.
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