Nursing home abuse in Kentucky is widespread and a recent governmental report confirms it. The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently on August 15 2014 published a report: Nursing Facilities’ Compliance with Federal Regulations for Reporting Allegations of Abuse or Neglect. The Government reminded us all that Federal regulations were developed “to protect the well-being of residents.” Nursing homes may forget this key goal and focus on profits above patient safety. To achieve this goal, nursing homes must report abuse including allegations of abuse or neglect must be reported to the facility administrator or designee and the State survey agency within 24 hours. The reports’ conclusions are shocking:
- 85 percent of nursing facilities reported at least one allegation of abuse or neglect to OIG in 2012
- 76 percent of nursing facilities maintained policies that address Federal regulations for reporting both allegations of abuse or neglect and investigation results – or in other words, nearly 1/4 of all nursing homes did not.
- 61 percent of nursing facilities had documentation supporting the facilities’ compliance with both Federal regulations under Section 1150B of the Social Security Act. That means almost Forty Percent (40%) of nursing homes do not.
- Only 53 percent of allegations of abuse or neglect and the subsequent investigation results were reported, as Federally required. This, in our opinion, is absolutely unacceptable.
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