Abuse And Neglect
A federal agency's "early alert" on cases of potential abuse in nursing homes was spotlighted in its semiannual report to Congress on Thursday. The alert came from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) urged the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday to divulge information on nursing home abuse, following a scathing federal report that found more than a quarter of potential abuse incidents go unreported.
Only about half of nursing facilities correctly reported abuse or neglect allegations in 2012, indicating that the government needs to provide more guidance and oversight, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.
Medicaid Fraud Control Units recovered about $10.3 million from nursing facilities in fiscal year 2013, according to an annual report issued Friday. Civil fraud settlements and judgments accounted for the majority of nursing home recoveries last fiscal year, the report showed.