Many nursing homes fail to report instances of abuse and neglect

The Office of the Inspector General for the United States Department of Human Health Services recently revealed in a report that many nursing facilities in the country do not adequately inform the government of instances of abuse or neglect, The Houston Chronicle reported.

Among the findings of the OIG are:

  • Only 76% of nursing homes have instituted policies when it comes to reporting cases of neglect or abuse.
  • Only 61% of nursing homes hold documentation of these reports.
  • Only 53% were reported according to federal standards.

According to federal law, it is mandated that nursing homes record and report every allegation of abuse or neglect that arises, in order to protect the safety of elderly residents.

The OIG, in light of these lackluster numbers, suggested the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should monitor that nursing homes hold the correct policies, remind those responsible to report suspicious behavior or allegations, and monitor that incidents are reported in a timely manner.

If your relative who is residing in a nursing care facility in Texas has experienced any form of abuse or has been neglected in any way, contact our attorneys at Hotze Runkle at (877) 919-0830 today, and learn how  our legal team can help you hold those responsible accountable.