Increase in Fraud and Abuse Charges at For-Profit Nursing Homes

nursing home abuse

When a nursing home is run for profit, conditions for residents of the facility seem to be much more injurious and risky, than when the nursing home is not run on a profit basis.

When a nursing home is run for profit, conditions for residents of the facility seem to be much more injurious and risky, than when the nursing home is not run on a profit basis.  Those findings come from an investigation conducted by Bloomberg News, which investigated government data and court filings.

The analysis found a number of horrific incidents at I nursing homes that are being run on a profit basis.  In one case, a 92-year-old patient who suffered from lung cancer was forced to undergo physical therapy, even though she was so sick that she was coughing up blood.  In another case, an 80-year-old woman at a for-profit nursing home, who was not even able to hold her own head up, was forced to stand in a standing frame for more than an hour. A standing frame is used to help a person too weak to stand up, in order to avoid bedsores, and joint pain from lying down for too long.

There are other even more horrific incidents at for-profit nursing homes included in the Bloomberg analysis.  Abuse, neglect and outright negligence are at the core of many of these incidents.

The Bloomberg News analysis finds that the profit motive seems to have a detrimental effect on the quality of care being provided at nursing homes.  According to Bloomberg, approximately 30% of claims from for-profit homes were found to be improper, while in nursing homes that were not run on the profit motive, the rate was just about 12%.

What nursing home abuse lawyers find really frightening is the fact that approximately 70% of all nursing homes in 2010 were reported to be operated on a for-profit basis.

Whenever a nursing home is run on a profit motive, the bottom line is profits, and very often, those profits come by sacrificing quality care.  For instance, nursing homes may hire fewer staff members than are necessary, in order to cut down on salaries and overheads.  However, patients may be at risk in such facilities.

 

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