Audit Finds 134 Cases of Medicare Beneficiaries Who Were Abused or Neglected

By Ali Meyer

There were 134 Medicare beneficiaries who were found with injuries that were the result of possible abuse dating back to 2015, according to an audit from the office of inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The inspector general created the memorandum to alert the agency that abuse and neglect was affecting beneficiaries in skilled nursing facilities. Under the Social Security Act, when a beneficiary living in a long-term care facility is exposed to abuse or neglect, the incident is required to be reported to a law enforcement agency so it can be investigated.

The audit found there were 134 cases from Jan. 1, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2016, where there was a beneficiary found with an injury due to abuse or neglect, and a large percentage of these were not reported.

According to the report, included in the 134 incidents were cases of alleged rape, seduction, sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, abandonment, maltreatment, and sadism. For example, one Medicare beneficiary who had verbal and mobile limitations was found victim to sexual assault.

“According to the emergency room record, a male resident of the [skilled nursing facility] allegedly sexually assaulted Ms. Doe,” the audit states. “Nursing aides found the man …read more

Source:: Washington Free Beacon