Medicare provides financial support to elderly patients who need daily medical attention at a skilled nursing care facility. A new report by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general shows that billions in taxpayer dollars are going to nursing homes nationwide that are failing to meet basic requirements set forth by Medicare.
The Associated Press reports that one out of every three patients who received care in 2009 were at facilities that failed to follow Medicare standards. Officials say that about $5.1 billion went to nursing home facilities that provided inadequate services to residents. Many patients did not receive the care they needed and suffered as a result.
Abuse and neglect are tragically common in a number of Texas nursing homes. Physical, sexual and psychological abuse can occur at any nursing care facility, but it’s most common in nursing homes that cut corners and shortchange patients in order to bulk up their own profits.
Nursing homes that do not provide adequate supervision may fail to notice when wrongdoing occurs. Many nursing homes that were part of this report failed to even have a basic care plan for their residents detailing what type of health issues they had and medications they took. This type of neglect can result in serious injuries or even deaths at nursing homes.
Experienced Texas nursing home abuse attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson will help protect the best interests your loved one who lives in a nursing home. Contact us today to set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.