A disturbing report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that the U.S. nursing home industry overcharges Medicare $1.5 billion dollars a year for treatments patients neither need nor ever receive.
At the heart of this racket are for-profit nursing homes. Nearly thirty percent of sampled claims from for-profit nursing homes were found to be improper, compared to just twelve percent for non-profit homes. Additionally, several for-profit homes have allegedly cut back on necessary staff, just to save a buck. This ultimately leads to an important question: are for-profit nursing homes putting their revenues ahead of patients?
Currently little is being done to fix this problem. While federal prosecutors have brought nearly 120 civil and criminal cases against nursing homes from 2008-2012 (a nearly 60 percent rise in all such cases), stricter regulations and additional oversight are needed to guarantee the safety of patients at these facilities.
By providing inappropriate services or understaffing facilities, such for-profit nursing homes are directly jeopardizing the health and welfare of some of the most vulnerable people in society. Families who come to see us about injuries or even death of a loved one resulting from improper nursing home care often have no way of knowing about such abuse until it is too late. Unfortunately, we’ve seen poor care in non-profit as well as for-profit care, but our experience in handling these cases does suggest it happens more often in profit-based facilities. If you suspect abuse or neglect by an elder care facility of any kind, we’d be pleased to investigate it for you.