In this nation, there are so many seniors reaching out to nursing homes that it’s become a multi-billion dollar industry. Due to the rapid number of nursing homes developing, the government decided to set regulations for all nursing homes to follow. These regulations ensure safety and quality care for nursing home residents and protect them from neglect with a set of basic requirements.
Recently released news shows that Medicare shelled out billions (all in taxpayer dollars) to fund nursing homes all over the country and it’s expected to be the same for 2014. The problem? Government investigators found that these recipient nursing home were not even meeting the basic requirements to look after the care of their residents.
The inspector general from the Department of Health and Human Services’ said this past Thursday that approximately $5.1 billion was distributed by Medicare for patients to stay in skilled nursing facilities that didn’t even meet federal quality of care rules in 2009. Some of these cases were even labeled as neglectful and with dangerous conditions.
Statistics show that out of every three patients who wound up in nursing homes that year, one of them landed in a facility which didn’t care to follow the federal agency’s basic care requirements which administer Medicare so it will be around in 2014 for seniors to use.
According to the letter of the law, nursing homes are obligated to write up care plans which are custom tailored to each resident to instruct the doctors, therapists and various caregivers on how to perform at their highest level to make sure that the physical, mental, and psychological well-being of every patient is met.
These residents here are typically suffering from neglect and absence of dire help they need to function, and the irony is that the government is supporting, through taxpayer money, facilities that endanger people’s health.
“These findings,” the report stated, “raise all concerns about what Medicare is truthfully paying for.” Investigators revealed that approximately 1/5 of patients’ health problems were overlooked in the care plans, giving them red X’s in the government’s books. Included in such neglected cases are those who received medications which can have serious side effects – and went on unmonitored. Residents were also getting unnecessary therapeutic treatment long after they recovered because the nursing home would actually make a profit through Medicare’s reimbursement.
This only comes to show that 2013 Medicare absolutely must start focusing on where our money is going to. Its cases like these, where multi-billion dollar scams are played against Medicare show the truth about the precision of dishonesty the industries have developed. Medicare has to be on the defense against the ruthlessness of the industry – not supporting thieves such as these nursing homes is a much more efficient way to cut expenses than any healthcare plan out there.