Tag: abuse

OIG reports address deficiencies, abuse in hospice care

Two reports were released last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) demonstrating the results of in-depth studies of Medicare hospice recertification and complaint survey data from state agencies and accredited organizations between 2012 and 2016. The reports examine issues of deficiencies and abuse in hospice care. […]

Home care aides often encounter verbal abuse while on the job, study shows

Home care aides often suffer verbal abuse at the hands of clients and their families, according to a study published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. The study involved people with a range of titles including home health aide, certified nursing assistant, hospice aide, personal care aide, personal care attendant and homemaker. About 7% of aides […]

Legal repercussions for posting about residents on social media are not limited to just a few

Recent media coverage tells a sad story about inappropriate usage of social media in long-term care settings¾one that details not only severe legal repercussions for facilities, but also major violations of resident privacy and cases of mental abuse. While privacy and abuse are not black and white matters, the issue of photographs, videos, and identifying […]

Resident on resident mistreatment an urgent problem

Almost 20% of nursing home residents experience mistreatment from a fellow resident in a given month, according to findings announced in a collaboration by Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell University. Resident-on-resident mistreatment is common and underreported, and nursing home workers need to recognize the acute urgency of the problem, noted the study. The most […]

More oversight needed for SNFs to correctly report abuse allegations

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. Federal law requires that Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing facilities report abuse and neglect allegations and subsequent investigation findings to […]

More oversight needed in LTC settings to combat elder abuse

Elder abuse is inflicted upon more than 2 million Americans in long-term care settings, and more oversight is needed, according to a government report, “The Elder Justice Roadmap,” published Wednesday. The report defines elder abuse as any “physical, sexual and psychological abuse, as well as neglect, abandonment and financial exploitation, is defined as elder abuse.” […]